“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.” ─ Helen Keller
Today is Helen Keller’s birthday. Her life’s achievements continue to be an inspiration. She lived during a time in history when women had to fight for their rights and negative attitudes persisted about those with disabilities. She overcame tremendous obstacles with the help and support of her family and life-long companion, Annie Sullivan, and became a world-renowned personality.
“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”─ Helen Keller
This remarkable woman didn’t let her disabilities stop her. Instead, she was on the cutting edge of her time. She was politically active and became a world-famous lecturer and author. Among the many causes she supported were a woman’s right to vote, birth control, and she was a champion for those with disabilities. Courage, determination, and drive are characteristics demonstrated by Helen Keller. Embrace these qualities and celebrate the life of an extraordinary woman.
Many books have been written by and about Helen Keller, but these three are worth a good look.
Helen’s Big World The Life of Helen Keller written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Matt Tavares (Disney-Hyperion, 2012)
Annie and Helen written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Raul Colon (Schwartz & Wade, 2012)
The Story of My Life written by Helen Keller (W.W. Norton & Company, 2003)