Many of us saw the Miracle Worker movie as children. We learned about a little girl, Helen Keller, born in the late 1800’s. According to the familiar story, Helen Keller became deafblind and was a frustrated, defiant child, until a hero named Annie Sullivan transformed her life with the gift of communication.
Rarely, though, do we hear about Helen’s life and work after the childhood “miracle” bestowed upon her by Ms. Sullivan. Nor do we often think of Helen Keller as a change agent in her own right. The following article provides some glimpses into Helen Keller’s adult life and work, and some speculations on how she might have fit into modern-day disability activism.
What Does Helen Keller’s Legacy Mean to the Organized Blind Movement and the World Beyond?