How did the visit to Boston change Helen's views regarding books?  

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Helen's first visit to Perkins School for the Blind changed her life by introducing a new environment filled with children who shared similar experiences and were like her, many of them communicating as she did by spelling with their fingers. Perkins exposed Helen to new tactile resources, particularly in the museum and in the library, where the selection of embossed books enabled her to freely explore new ideas and worlds that had been previously restricted due to her more limited library at home.

As you ponder the implications of her first Boston visit, consider the freedom and joy Helen experienced at being immersed for the first time in a setting where her disabilities were the norm, rather than characteristics that set her apart from everyone else. The library at Perkins was tailored to Helen's needs, and the new freedom she experienced allowed her to cultivate a deep love for reading and learning that excited her enough to ensure an annual trip to study at this Boston institution.

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Helen Keller spent a great deal of time in Boston throughout her life.  It was Helen's first visit, however, that introduced her to the joys of reading.  Helen visited the Perkins Institution in Boston, which had a vast library.  This library was full of an assortment of unique books. The Perkins Institution was a school for the blind.  The books in the library there were printed in Braille or with raised letters.  During her visit, Helen was allowed "to spend a part of each day in the Institution library, and to wander from bookcase to bookcase."  This filled her with fascination and excitement.  She enjoyed selecting various books and reading parts of them.  

At this time in Helen's life, she had only been able to communicate with words for a short amount of time.  When Helen read excerpts from the books in the library, she was unable to fully comprehend them.  It was a little later in her life that she was fully able to understand what she read, and it was then that she became an avid reader.

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