by Lori Holden
Even though I never realized that she was not the first blind and deaf person to be educated I would have to say my favorite person in Deaf history is Helen Keller. I learned of her life when I was very young and I spent much time trying to imagine what it would be like to live a totally dark and quiet world. I was astonished by the fact that she was able to overcome such hurdles to become not only functioning in society, but became a very prominent and outspoken role model in the story of humankind.
Helen’s life impacted me in a way that I cannot explain well. I grew up with many disadvantages. I sometimes would become overwhelmed by the realities of society. Then I would reminisce on her life story. Doing this would aid me in gaining strength and determination to accomplish any task. Because she helped me to realize that all things are possible. I just needed had to have the will to do them.
Even though I am neither blind nor deaf, Helen was a source of great determination, courage and power of self in my eyes. Now, that I have learned of Laura Bridgman through this course (And thank you by the way!) I will have another wonder to learn of gain resilience from. And the small portion of the Deaf history I have learned here has proved to be great inspiration.
As soon as I can afford, I will be purchasing the other books that are available from your organization. And I would like to thank you for this wealth of knowledge and the whole experience I have received so far from this course. It is truly awesome!