As a birthday wish for Helen, please share your wish for access and inclusion for people with disabilities in the comment section below!
She was literally the very first beacon who championed the causes of access and inclusion for people with disabilities.
Today (June 27) marks what would have been the 138th birthday of Helen Keller, respected around the world as an educator, journalist, humanitarian and tireless advocate for the disabled community. This year also marks the 50th anniversary (1968) of her passing.
Though both deaf and blind, Ms. Keller never let her disabilities deter her from pursuing her dreams and living a full and rich life. In the process, she inspired millions around the world.
The Chicago Lighthouse is very proud to have an association with Ms. Keller. Back in 1955, she helped dedicate our headquarters building at 1850 W. Roosevelt Road on Chicago’s near west side. On that historic occasion, which had the Governor of Illinois and Mayor of Chicago in attendance, she also dedicated The Lighthouse’s low vision clinic, one of the oldest and most respected in the United States.
It is fitting that Ms. Keller’s birthday coincides with the running of our world-class Lighthouses on The Mag Mile Public Art Display, which celebrates access and inclusion for people with disabilities. Throughout her life, she embodied all the values that the beautiful lighthouse sculptures represent.
We invite you, your family, friends and colleagues to visit all the lighthouses that are on display through August 11.
As you view these stunning works of art, ask yourselves, as Helen Keller would, “what can I do in my own special way to promote access and inclusion for our fellow Americans with disabilities?”
Be a beacon just like Ms. Keller was! As she herself acknowledged in one of her most memorable quotes that is actually imprinted on one of the lighthouse sculptures: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”