Helen Keller lived at a time when blind people were generally not expected to be able to read, even with the assistance of braille. But it was clear from an early age that Helen was a very intelligent young girl, and she was absolutely determined to learn how to read, however long it would take. Society's general ignorance of the abilities of disabled people made Helen all the more determined to prove that she could fulfill her ambition to read. The more hurdles and challenges that Helen had to overcome, the more passionate she became about achieving her goals. And as her education progressed, a whole new world of ideas opened up to Helen, giving her a chance to broaden her intellectual horizons. As a result of her own experiences, in later life Helen became a passionate advocate for education for the blind. She knew just how vital it was for blind people to be able to read in order to get an education, and how important it was for them to get an education to be able to connect with the world around them.