From The Story of My Life, what are the attempts made by Helen to accept her disability ?

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Even as a young child, Helen Keller reveals, in The Story of My Life, her efforts to accept her disability and learn "from life itself."(ch 7)She is a bright child, inquisitive and eager to understand why her efforts to communicate do not have the same apparent effect as other people's. Aware that others "talked with their mouths "she "moved my lips and gesticulated frantically without result."(ch 2) She imitates her father's activity "even wearing his spectacles, thinking they might help solve the mystery" (ch 2) but of course, nothing helps and she struggles to accept her differences. As time goes by, the once stubborn Helen learns that the words Annie Sullivan taps into her hand have meaning and "That living word awakened my soul."(ch 4) 

Once she has accepted that she must learn differently, she never misses an opportunity even though " the little deaf child must trap them (words) by a slow and often painful process."(ch 6) On her first visit to The Perkins' Institute for the Blind, Helen discovers "what joy to talk with other children in my own language" (ch 9) as she is introduced to other blind children and no longer feels like "a foreigner speaking through an interpreter." Helen's acceptance that although she "understood my own deprivations" she is not the only child with such disablilties allows her to lose "all sense of pain in the pleasure of their companionship."(ch 9) 

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