Today is Helen Keller’s Birthday!

Today is Helen Keller’s birthday and we celebrate by continuing to let her light shine! She truly is a great role model of overcoming obstacles and changing stumbling blocks into stepping stones through her determination and perseverance!

The first Support Service Provider, Ann Sullivan, empowered Helen by being her “eyes and ears” which opened the world to endless opportunities! I, too, had such an SSP who was my Mom, Norma Lynn! We appreciate so much those who are dedicated to empowering the DeafBlind to be empowered and be all they wish to be!

I am so blessed to have the opportunity and privilege to be a part of so many Oklahomans who are DeafBlind! This disability is no respecter of person! You can be totally sighted and hearing and living life and all of a sudden, contract spinal meningitis and become totally DeafBlind over night. Can you imagine? Or you can be born Deaf and lose your vision or be blind and lose your hearing. It happens, but yet, we overcome! Helen Keller is a testimony to overcoming!

Society thinks that seeing and hearing the world is all it takes, but I believe we miss so much by not realizing the other senses God gave us. One of Helen Keller’s greatest quotes says it so well: The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched but rather felt with the heart!”

Thank you for celebrating Helen Keller DeafBllind Awareness week with me and so many Oklahomans who are DeafBlind. I pray it has enlightened you and the next time you meet someone who has both a vision and hearing loss, you will remember, “We want to live life to the fullest just like you!

Below are just a few of Helen Keller’s famous quotes:

“Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world”.

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content”.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”.

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision”.

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