"When one door closes another opens. But often we look so long so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us."
- Helen Keller
Helen Keller (1880-1968) contracted what is believed to have been scarlet fever or meningitis at the age of 19 months, which left her deaf and blind. With the assistance of a tutor, Anne Sullivan, appointed when Helen was aged 6, she was able to comprehend the spelling of words, thereby identifying objects, by touches on her hand. Helen Keller went on to become a world famous speaker, author, a spokesperson for people with disabilities, a suffragist, pacifist, radical socialist, birth control supporter and advocate for workers’ rights. In 1964 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Johnson, one of the two highest US civilian honours.