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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan

"I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light." - Helen Keller 
Helen Keller's famous teacher and later lifelong companion, Anne Sullivan, walked by Helen's side for 49 years. Sullivan became 6-year-old Keller's teacher when she was only 20 years old and helped her young student to break out of, as Keller later described, the "silence and darkness that surrounded me." 
Keller's famous breakthrough in understanding that every object had a unique sign identifying it came when Sullivan ran cool water over her student's hand while signing the word "water" with the other. After this realization, Keller became a vigorous learner, eager to learn the signs for all of the other objects in the world around her. Sullivan helped Keller on her journey to become the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and later become world famous as a writer and advocate on behalf of women's suffrage, labor rights, and disability rights. 
Together, they traveled to over 40 countries as Keller became the world's most prominent voice speaking on behalf of the rights of people with disabilities. In describing the transformative impact Anne Sullivan had on her life, Keller once stated, "Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living." 
There are several books for children about Helen Keller's remarkable life focused on the unique relationship between Anne and Helen. We recommend "Annie and Helen" for ages 4 to 8 (http://www.amightygirl.com/annie-and-helen), the graphic novel "Anne Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller" for ages 9 to 14 (http://www.amightygirl.com/anne-sullivan-and-the-trials-of-helen-keller), and the classic "Helen Keller's Teacher" for ages 9 to 12 (http://www.amightygirl.com/helen-keller-s-teacher). 
Of course, there is a large assortment of books for young readers about Helen Keller’s life story, including the excellent picture book “Helen's Big World." To browse the entire selection, visit our "Helen Keller Collection" at http://www.amightygirl.com/character-collection/historical-characters-1?cat=646 
The excellent film about their story, "The Miracle Worker," is also highly recommended for ages 8 and up: http://www.amightygirl.com/the-miracle-worker 
For reading recommendations to help both children and teens learn them how to be great friends, check out our post "Making and Keeping Friends: Mighty Girl Books About Friendship" at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=4661 Thanks to Zen Pencilsfor this wonderful image!

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I'm Deaf artist. My art mediums are photoshop and digital painting. Most of my artworks are De'VIA. What is De’VIA? It’s called Deaf Image Art. It's still under construction. All of my art prints will be available for sale soon.
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Paul M. Scearce Art Studio
My art mediums are photo shop and digital painting. I self-taught myself photoshop since 2010. My art genres was scif-fi, fantasy and surreal. But I’ve been doing De’VIA artworks mostly since 2012. What is De’VIA? It’s called Deaf Image Art. It’s about expression of Deaf culture through art. I’m an emerging De’VIA artist now. I discovered my true call after reading the eye-opening book, Paddy Ladd's "Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood" and other Deafhood-related ASL vlogs, web articles, and Facebook group group discussions.


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The ratifications of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by Côte d'Ivoire (10 January 2014) and Japan (20 January 2014) bring a total of 141 States Parties to the CRPD, while the OP has 79 ratifications. 

The number of signatures to the CRPD is 158 while the OP has 92 signatures.

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