Anne Sullivan

by Christie Busselle


“The Miracle Worker” has always been one of my favorite movies. Even when Melissa Gilbert did the remake of it with Patty Duke switching from Helen’s role to Anne’s role. In both movies I felt Anne’s character was the star.

She was a woman who, despite her handicap, showed a determination and strength to achieve all that she could without leaning on consideration of her partial blindness. She also believed in Helen’s ability to learn even when no one else really did. She drove Helen to learn and achieve and wouldn’t let Helen herself be her own worst enemy.

Because of her fortitude and not giving up, Helen Keller became the first deaf-blind woman to graduate from college with honors. Quite an accomplishment for one who was blind as well as deaf. One life affects another and then another touches many.

I am determined to become an advocate for the deaf community in my community in whatever way I can and am so glad for these classes provided here at no cost. Further inspiration has been given to me to move forward in this endeavor by reading the “Deaf History” that was provided here. God has lead me to this place and now I will follow Him where He leads me.

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