Helen Keller

A blind and deaf writer and activist, Helen Keller was the guiding force behind the American Foundation for the Blind. Keller devoted her life to expanding possibilities for people who are deaf-blind, blind or have low vision. She also campaigned for women's suffrage and workers' rights.

Social issues Helen Keller addressed:

  • Opportunities for people with disabilities
  • Education


Social issues that need to be addressed today:

  • Disabilities - About 56.7 million people — 19 percent of the population — had a disability in 2010. 41 percent of those age 21 to 64 with any disability were employed, compared with 79 percent of those with no disability. The American Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation and telecommunications. More can be done to educate the public on the needs and rights of the disabled. Sources Census.gov, ADA.gov
  • Visual Impairment and Education - Students with visual impairments need an educational system that meets the individual needs of ALL students, fosters independence, and is measured by the success of each individual in the school and community. Students who are visually impaired are most likely to succeed in educational systems where appropriate instruction and services provided in a full array of program options by qualified staff to address each student's unique educational needs, as required by Public Law 101-476, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Source