What is a Disability?

Can you imagine life without sight and  hearing? The story of Helen Keller is truly inspirational. Helen lost her hearing and sight at 19 months of age after a childhood illness. 

When she was 6 years old, she learned to communicate by spelling words into her hand.She had a thirst for achieving, and went  on to become a world-famous speaker and author in adulthood. She was also an activist for racial and sexual equality. In 1964 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  She was noted as saying “I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad”.

When things don’t seem to go the way you want them to, or there are areas of your life which feels like you will never recover, think of the following quote from Helen:  “I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do”.

Here is a woman with no eyesight or hearing who became one of the most influential and well-known people of our times. How easy would it have been for her to do nothing? Most of the people afflicted with these disabilities in these years were institutionalized, but she “did not refuse to do the something she could do”.

What in your life, at the moment seems insurmountable?  We have all had those times, and quite possibly you may be going through something at the moment. What can you do about it?

Think of Helen Keller when you ask this question. Did she focus on what she couldn’t do? She couldn’t see. She couldn’t hear. Education for people with disabilities was not high on agenda in this era. However, she did what she could do. She didn’t focus on her disabilities, nor did she feel sad about what she couldn’t do. She acted and did “something”. What is that “something” you can do right now?

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16 Responses to What is a Disability?

  1. Kylie says:

    The information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time and insights

  2. Brenda says:

    Thank you Kylie. Helen Keller’s story is very inspirational. If she can achieve what she did with the challenges she faced, imagine what we are all capable of.

  3. Daniel says:

    This is awesome! I hope you continue with this excellent writing as it really helps me.

  4. Vicki says:

    Thanks for this post. i had heard of Helen Keller but didn’t know much about her. It was amazing what she achieved

  5. Mary says:

    Very fascinating read. Thanks for your thoughts on this – I like them

  6. genny says:

    Really great informative blog and I just wanted to thank you for posting this. Also like the colors on the layout, it’s really easy on the eyes.

  7. Paris says:

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  8. Karly says:

    Excellent blog! Very thought provoking

  9. Byrie says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Really enjoyed it and would like you to expand further on some of the points you made.

  10. franco says:

    A couple of weeks ago i wouldn’t have understood this post, but I have had things happen in my life which makes it relevant now. Even though you posted it a while ago, so glad i found it no. Very timely

  11. Thank you everyone for these wonderful comments. I am in awe of Helen and her achievements – a great lesson to us all

  12. Cara says:

    You’re awesome thanks for the post friend.

  13. karen says:

    Thanks once again for the push I needed!

  14. Caridee says:

    AS usual – love it

  15. Dorothy says:

    100% agree with this. Thank you

  16. Carol says:

    Helen Keller’s story is amazing

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