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Helen Adams Keller (1880 – 1968) American author, disability rights advocate and political activist. She lost her sight and hearing after a bout of illness at the age of nineteen months. She then communicated primarily using home signs until the age of seven when she met her first teacher and life-long companion Anne Sullivan, who taught her language, including reading and writing. She attended Radcliffe College of Harvard University and became the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She worked for the American Foundation for the Blind from 1924 until 1968, during which time she toured the United States and traveled to 35 countries advocating for those with vision loss. She wrote 14 books and hundreds of speeches and essays.
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"Optimism" an Essay by Helen Keller.

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