When Helen was
nine years old she began to learn how to speak and she learned how
to read lips with her fingers. Helen was good at reading peoples
words with her fingers, but it took many years of practice for people
to understand her when she spoke. Everyone could understand Helen's
writing, though and she was a very good letter writer.
As Helen completed
her studies for high school she decided she would like to go to
college with "sighted students" and chose Radcliff. Officials
at Radcliff did not think Helen would be successful, but she passed
the entrance exams and was allowed to attend classes. Anne went
to college with Helen and translated all the lectures and books.
Helen graduated with honors.
After college Helen
wrote many books, traveled across the country and to foreign countries;
she helped disabled veterans and became an active spokesperson for
the American Foundation for the Blind. Helen is remembered as a
great woman because she helped the world understand that people
with disabilities can overcome their disabilities and live good,