Deafblind UK, a national charity, working for deafblind people and run by deafblind people, coordinates deafblind awareness week, an annual health and social care campaign that raises awareness of this little-known disability.
Services provided by Deafblind UK include training in communication and rehabilitation skills, a free 24-hour Helpline, a regional network of staff and volunteers, a range of publications in different reading formats and specially adapted technical equipment to assist with daily living.
This special week complements June 27, Helen Keller's birthday. Deaf and blind from infancy, Helen Keller played a leading role in most of the significant political, social, and cultural movements of the 20th century. Throughout her lifetime (1880-1968) she worked unceasingly to improve the lives of people who were blind and deaf.
To learn more about the UK's deafblind awareness week, or Deafblind UK itself, telephone 01733 358100, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click this link to visit http://www.deafblind.org.uk.
To learn more about Helen Keller:
- Visit the Helen Keller Kids Museum Online, featuring photos, videos, and letters that bring Helen's remarkable story to life.
- Explore the photos and letters from the American Foundation for the Blind's Helen Keller Archives, made accessible online.
- Use the guide to the Helen Keller Archives to learn about the papers, photographs, artifacts, and audio-visual materials that are contained in the collection.
- Visit the Helen Keller page of the Hall of Fame: Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field at the American Printing House for the Blind website.