Friday, March 31, 2017

Patty Duke and Helen Keller: Similarities of Greatness

Patty Duke and Helen Keller: Similarities of Greatness:

Patty Duke and Helen Keller: Similarities of Greatness


The most important day I remember in all my life is the one on which my teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan, came to me. I am filled with wonder when I consider the immeasurable contrast between the two lives which it connects.
– Helen Keller

I thought I would revisit a past post remembering Patty Duke and Helen Keller. Both women overcame  disabilities. Both had the courage to speak out on difficult and controversial issues.
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As a young girl glued to the TV, like many, the movie The Miracle Worker had a profound effect on me. I wanted nothing more afterwards than to be a teacher just like Anne Sullivan.

I lived in Michigan, and the Michigan School for the Blind, which closed in 1995, was where I wanted to teach. I got to visit the school as a college student. I changed my major to a different area of special education, but I never will forget that movie and the effect it had on me.

I always admired Patty Duke greatly for that performance and later because she had the Patty Duke and Helen Keller: Similarities of Greatness

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