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Helen Keller's autobiography is a book that I read as a youth, and I was greatly moved by the courage, perserverance, and, above all, superior intellect of this woman who overcame the formidable challenges of her disabilities. It gave me new insights, to say the least.
Now, in the last fifteen years, I have taught at a school for the blind where her photograph with Alexander Graham Bell is hung in the foyer near the principal's office, and her portraits are displayed throughout the library. There, copies of The Story of My Life are in large print and in braille; many a student has read her work, and all have been touched by the poignancy of her history as well as inspired to try harder themselves. Indubitably, Helen Keller's story is one that sighted as well as visually impaired can read for encouragement and inspiration.
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