Where Helen Keller's family lived, there were no resources for the blind and the deaf. Where did Helen's parents take her to see a famous eye doctor?

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Helen reveals these details in Chapter 3 of The Story of My Life. Her mother had read Charles Dickens’ book American Notes. She had absorbed the author’s description of a visit to the Perkins Institution in Boston, where he met a blind and deaf woman named Laura Bridgman. Unfortunately, Samuel Gridley Howe, who had been the head of Perkins when Laura Bridgman was there, had since died. But Helen’s parents knew that specialized help was indeed possible. When she was about six years old, they took Helen to see Dr. Chisholm in Baltimore. He recommended Alexander Graham Bell in Washington, D.C. Bell in turn told them to write a letter to Mr. Anagnos at the Perkins Institution. By the summer of 1886, Anagnos said a teacher had been found. He would send Anne Mansfield Sullivan to Helen’s house in March 1887. The Kellers had finally tapped into the right assistive network.

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In Chapter III, Keller writes that her father heard about a famous doctor named Dr. Chisholm in Baltimore and took her to see him in the summer of 1886. The doctor, who was an oculist, said he could not help, but that he knew that Keller could be educated. He sent the family to Dr. Alexander Graham Bell in Washington, D.C. for a referral to a school. Keller's father felt disappointed with Dr. Chisholm's message but brought his daughter to Washington to see Alexander Graham Bell. Bell then referred the family to Mr. Anagnos, who is the director of the Perkins Institution, a school for the blind in Boston. Helen Keller's father wrote to the Perkins Institution, and they sent a teacher, Anne Sullivan, to teach Keller at her house in March of 1887. This is the beginning of her education. 

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