Inspiring People

Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan


Helen Keller was an American author, political activist as well as a lecturer. Though not born deaf or blind, she contracted a disease which left her deaf, and blind. Despite all this, she was the first deaf and blind person to get a Bachelor of Arts degree. She opposed war and favored women's rights.

Reason for inspiration:

Helen's mother read a novel of Charles Dickens (American notes) which described the education of a deaf and blind child. This inspired Helen's mother to seek a teacher for Helen who could help her learn. It was here that Anne Sullivan (pictured right above) aged 20 years moved in Helen's home so that Anne could help Halen learn. What is interesting is that Anne herself had visual impairment. Anne had a friend who was also deaf and blind and to communicate to her friend, Anne learnt the sign language which later proved very useful to teach Helen.

Anne started teaching Helen by spelling words into the palm of Helen's hand. The first word she taught was 'doll' that Anne brought for Helen as a present.

Anne went with Helen to every class, every lecture and facilitated Helen to learn through spelling  every lecture on Helen's palm. Though not an official student but Anne had gained college education. Anne and Helen stayed together for 49 years.

After Anne's death, Helen traveled with people worldwide with the purpose of raising funds for the blind people.

Helen also wrote 12 published books and several articles.

I would like to present her two amazing quotes.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us".


Written by Dr.Muhammad Wasif Haq, Karachi, Pakistan.


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