"If I am happy in spite of my deprivations," wrote Helen Keller. "If my happiness is so deep that it is a faith, so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life, if, in short, I am an optimist, my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing." Rendered deaf and blind by scarlet fever at the age of a year and a half, Helen Keller — aided by teachers, such as Anne Sullivan, and her own determination — learned to read, write, and speak several languages. Becoming an advocate for people with disabilities, Keller fought for human rights her entire life while blazing a trail. While becoming the first deaf blind person to learn a Bachelor of Arts degree, Keller wrote Optimism Within, balancing her writing with attending Radcliffe College and a triumphant belief in the power of determined optimism.
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