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Helen Keller and the Committee on the Deaf-blind of America

Posted Jul 14 2010 7:11am
Helen Keller
Helen Keller, who passed away in 1968, was a champion of many causes, political and social. The fascinating blog Letters of Note has shared a letter she wrote in 1950 on behalf of a new committee set up within the American Foundation for the Blind , called the Committee on the Deaf-blind of America.

For many people who have lost either hearing or sight, the thought of losing the other can be terrifying. When I am wearing neither my hearing aids nor my glasses, I feel ten times more frustrated than if I have either one of those assistance devices in. Yet there are several hundred thousand people living with this in the United States alone. Helen Keller's letter to possible sponsors of the Committee ends, "Will you not, dear friend, give some thought to the Helen Keller Committee on the Deaf-blind, so that more of those who cannot see and hear may regain life's goodness and the dignity of useful work?"

To donate to the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults in New York State, see this webpage .
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