Helen Keller was an American author who had been blind and deaf from early childhood. Yet, overcoming her disabilities, she became something of a child prodigy.
Her tutor, Anne Sullivan, taught her language by spelling out words in her hand. Keller also learned Braille and how to use a typewriter. Her progress was so good that she later went on to become the first blind and deaf person to graduate from an American university.
After graduation, she made helping people with disabilities her life's work. Keller became an accomplished public speaker and writer. She toured the world, championing the rights of blind and deaf people and fundraising for their cause.
Keller was instrumental in getting English Braille established as the world's standard language for blind people. In 1915, she also helped establish a charity to care for blinded soldiers. Now known as Helen Keller International, it works in 21 countries to help treat and prevent blindness.
And it was the Bible that was behind Keller's visionary work. In 1932, she addressed the National Institute for the Blind, saying:
When the public adopts an attitude of understanding and helpfulness, the difficulties of the sightless will no longer be insurmountable.
"Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD."