Friday, April 2, 2010

Helen Keller's Legacy

Througout her life, Helen received numerous awards and honors. Most notably, though, she will be remembered for her work for the American Foundation for the Blind, which was established in 1921. She served on the staff from 1924 until her death on June 1, of 1968. It was here that she began work for the "Helen Keller Endowment Fund" for the Foundation.  She was especially proud of the formation of its special service for deaf-blind persons in 1946.

Her interest in blind persons extended beyond the United States. She was a member of the first board of directors of the Permanent Blind War Relief Fund, later known as the American Braille Press.  Now known as Heller Keller International, Helen was its counselor on international relations. She traveled tirelessly through her later years on behalf of this organization.  Between 1946 and 1955, she visited thirty-five countries on five continents.

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