The video below features a rare Vitaphone newsreel from 1930. It features the amazing Helen Keller and her teacher and lifelong companion, Anne Sullivan. In the clip, Sullivan explains how Helen learned to overcome her disabilities and learned to communicate. Hand placement training, determination, and their undying will played a huge role in their accomplishments.

There have been many movies about these two. Many authors have also written about them. Despite being not only blind, Helen was deaf and mute as well. To communicate she would put her thumb on Anne’s throat, her index finger on her lips, and her middle finger on her nose. This position helped her to learn and copy the sounds we use while speaking. Slowly they progressed until Helen learned to speak a variety of words and phrases. It is amazing how much humans can achieve when they work together.

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