Anne Sullivan Macy Online Museum Introduces the World to Helen Keller' Famous Teacher
American Foundation for the Blind adds to its online, educational resources
NEW YORK (January 2006)—By reviving the legacy of Anne Sullivan Macy through a new online museum, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is helping educators find creative ways to teach children about vision loss and the amazing woman who pioneered education for people who are blind. The new online museum offers teachers and parents resources that make learning about vision loss fun—just in time for the anniversary of Louis Braille's birthday on January 4.
"Anne Sullivan Macy laid the groundwork for the education of children who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB president and CEO. "We hope that through this web site, a new generation will come to appreciate the accomplishments of this 'miracle worker,' who was much more than just Helen Keller's teacher."
The museum's online galleries—available at www.afb.org/annesullivan—seek to show Anne through her own words as well as through the eyes of others. The pages feature photographs, letters, comic strips, sound recordings, and other artifacts relating to Anne's life and work. The museum pieces reveal the deeply emotional and dramatic life circumstances that Anne conquered as a young woman as she persevered in her quest for knowledge. Visitors will follow the path that led Anne to the door of the Keller family in Alabama where her passion for learning inspired both a professional doctrine and a personal relationship that achieved international recognition.
Students, parents, and teachers interested in this topic can find similar information through AFB's Braille Bug® web site. The Braille Bug features fun facts, trivia, and games that make learning about vision loss fun. Kids can read the biographies of Louis Braille and Helen Keller, join the reading club, send secret messages to their friends in braille, learn fun facts about the young Helen Keller, change the colors of the web site, and much, much more. The Braille Bug—designed for both sighted and visually impaired students in grades two through six—also offers information on assistive technology. For more information visit the Braille Bug site at www.afb.org/braillebug.