by Lindsey Vasquez
Helen Keller is the reason why I decided to learn sign language. In sixth grade we were watching a video about Helen Keller and when I saw her sign, I was totally amazed that people could communicate with their hands and bodies. That’s when I decided that I wanted to learn how to do that too.
It’s incredible that she went through her entire life not being able to see or hear the world around her. But that did not stop her from pushing through and succeeding in life and especially school, since she graduated from college with honors.
Before I read this, I never knew that she learned to speak by feeling Anne Sullivan’s throat. That is so incredible! Anne Sullivan should receive credit as well since she was the woman who taught Helen how to sign and speak. She stayed by Helen’s side throughout her hardships and didn’t give up on her. She is a strong woman! Actually both of them were. Anyway, back to Helen.
I can just imagine how much of an inspiration she was for others as she gave speeches to all those people. I would have felt so insecure thinking about what others think of me but she was brave enough to show herself to the world. This is why Helen Keller is my favorite person from Deaf history. But we mustn’t forget about all of the other magnificent people who supported sign language and made it come alive and known to the whole world! Thank you for reading.
by Silver Night
I would have to say that Helen Keller is my favorite person in deaf history, probably because I know the most about her. She was an incredible woman who made a gigantic impact on many people. She lectured and fought for rights for the deaf and blind. She helped prove that deaf-blind people can do the same things that hearing and seeing people can by graduating from college with honors, much the same way Heather Whitestone helped prove that deaf people can do anyhting hearing people can by winning the Miss America title. She learned to read lips by putting her fingers on someone’s mouth while they spoke. She learned to speak. She even learned to write. And she inspired hundreds of people. That is why Helen Keller is my favorite historical deaf person.