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Helen at AFB, testing a communication device for the deaf-blind, around 1950 - select for more details
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Helen at AFB, testing a communication device for the deaf-blind, around 1950

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In 1924, Helen joined the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), the country's leading advocate for people who are blind or visually impaired. For the next 44 years, she was an ambassador for AFB. She toured the United States, developing support for programs that help blind people.

In the video here, Helen tests a device that will help people who are deaf and blind communicate with those who can see and hear. Helen is at the AFB headquarters in New York City. She sits between M. Robert Barnett, AFB's executive director, and Polly Thomson, her companion.

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Helen at AFB, testing a communication device for the deaf-blind, around 1950

Helen Keller, President Herbert Hoover, and international delegates outside the White House, 1932

Helen with a little girl listening to the radio, 1938

Helen at the typewriter, Polly Thomson standing beside her, 1933

Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy

Helen touches the face of a wounded soldier at a hospital in North Carolina, 1945




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