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Save the Helen Keller Archives: Day 6

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Welcome to this, the sixth day of our 8-day #BeAMiracleworker campaign. The total has risen to a fabulous $22,656! However, we still need to raise $2,344 to reach our goal of $25,000, and we only have two days left of the fundraiser. Remember, every dollar we raise will be matched by the National Endowment for the Humanities, so please donate now and be a miracle worker. And don’t forget to follow the campaign’s progress on Facebook.

See beyond a person’s disability…

Helen Keller at army hospital, circa 1946

"When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another."

Helen Keller was a champion for those with vision loss. From the 1920s to the 1940s Keller crisscrossed the United States on behalf of the American Foundation for the Blind. She personally appeared before at least 13 state legislatures and targeted 18 with demands that included the creation of State Commissions for the Blind and the construction of schools for those with vision loss. At the federal level, among her many achievements, Keller successfully lobbied the government to print and distribute books in braille for use by the adult blind across the United States, and from 1942-1944, she supported Senator Robert Wagner’s efforts to secure funding for the rehabilitation, special vocational training, placement, and supervision of blind persons, including those blinded in World War II. Between 1944 and 1946 she toured the nation's army hospitals visiting thousands of wounded soldiers.

Helen’s collection has the power to embolden others to improve lives. Let’s harness this power to inspire employers and a global audience to see beyond a person’s disability to a more equitable society. Please donate now and donate generously

Like the Helen Keller: The Official Fan Page on Facebook for more inspirational photos, quotes, and letters, and use the #beamiracleworker hashtag on Twitter to raise awareness of our efforts to save the Helen Keller Archives.

Image: Helen Keller is standing by the bedside of a veteran who is holding a guitar. Another veteran, with an eye patch stands to Helen’s right. She has her right arm linked through his left, circa 1946.

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