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Learning from the Life of Helen Keller

A young woman, smiling, stands in front of a framed photograph of Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller.

Helen Keller is a name known around the world as a symbol of courage in the face of incredible odds, but that’s just one part of Helen’s story. Helen was a champion of social justice issues, writing a scathing letter to Nazi students before WWII, visiting Japan as American’s first Goodwill Ambassador after the atomic bombs were dropped, and shaping disability policies that are still bettering lives today.

Are you ready to learn more about Helen? Below you’ll find an APH podcast about Helen Keller as well a series of lessons for young people from the Museum at the American Printing House for the Blind.


Change Makers Podcast

In 2018 the Texas State Board of Education made a preliminary decision to streamline their required curriculum by cutting Helen Keller from their third-grade social studies curriculum standards. To get a reversal of that decision, Gabby Caldwell testified with her mother, Robbie, before the State Board of Education. In this episode of Change Makers you’ll hear from Gabby and Robbie about keeping Helen in the schools, from Helen Selsdon, one of the leading experts on Helen Keller, and also from Micheal Hudson, the Director of the Museum at the American Printing House for the Blind.

Listen to the Change Makers Episode about Helen Keller!


Ready to take a deeper dive? Here are lessons for your child or student!

  1. Helen Keller: Human Rights Activist
    1. Reading 1
    2. Reading 2
    3. Reading 3
  1. Reading Helen’s Portrait
    1. Six-years-old
    2. The Apple Tree
    3. Helen and Homer
    4. Helen’s Office
  1. Helen Keller Resources

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