Helen Keller Circa 1920.
Los Angeles Times (UCLA Library)

On June 27, 1880, Helen Keller was born. She is one of the most inspirational women in history. So inspirational, her birthday has been commemorated as Helen Keller Day in the United States state of Pennsylvania! This was done on the 100th anniversary of her birthday in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter. In honor of Helen Keller’s birthday today, this list was compiled to share some information about this community that many people may not know.

People can sign/talk with a great distance between them through the use of sign language.

Scuba divers often use sign language under water.

There is a language known as American Sign Language which has been linguistically defined as a language. 

The huddle formation used by football teams originated at Gallaudet University, in Washington, DC. This was in efforts to prevent other schools from reading their sign language.

A center-fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, William Hoy, invented the hand signals for strikes and balls in baseball.

Phyllis Frelich won the Tony Award for Best Actress of 1980 in the Broadway play “Children of a Lessor God”.

Juliette Gordon Low is known as the founder of the Girl Scout movement that lives on even today

Shawn Dale Barnett had a top ten hit on MTV in 1987.

Shawn Dale Barnett is the inventor and creator of “DEAF MUSIC”

When Beethoven composed his ninth symphony, he was profoundly deaf.
There is a “Deaf Professional Arts Network” which was established in 2006, has been able to create American Sign Language (ASL) music videos of popular songs featuring deaf and hard of hearing performers expressing the song’s lyrics through ASL.

Written by Mary Pat Withem
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