Helen Keller seated in three quarter profile, possibly in a photographer's studio. She is seated in a chair that is sideways to the camera. She is wearing a loose, shimmering dress that is dark and has a boat neck. Keller is leaning over and has her arm around the back of a young girl who is wearing a light colored organza-type fabric dress with ribbons. Keller's dark shoes and the child's light-color boots are typical of the early 19th century.
“What induces a child to learn but his delight in knowing?”-Helen Keller, 1927

The 20th century was tumultuous. As a fierce champion of civil rights, Helen Keller would applaud the nation’s demand for equal justice for all its citizens, and would be thrilled by the active engagement of so many young people to improve the world we live in.

Helen understood that changing society requires changing preconceptions and prejudices. That one must engage all citizens, and that access to education by every member of society is key to creating systemic change. AFB is proud to announce the launch of its Helen Keller Archive lesson plans. These fully accessible lessons use the digital archive to teach middle and high school students how to navigate an archive while learning about Helen Keller and disability history at the same time.

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