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SAN DIEGO, June 23, 2015 — Helen Keller was a deaf-blind American woman whose courageous journey began on June 27, 1880, and who continued to inspire the world until her death at the age of 87.

Born with normal hearing and sight, at 19 months she suffered an illness of “acute congestion of the stomach and brain” that was believed to have been the cause of her lifelong deafness and blindness, according to Wikipedia.

The exact nature of her illness is not known, though it has been speculated that she suffered from a form of meningitis or possibly scarlet fever.

Keller was brilliantly portrayed by Patty Duke in the Oscar award-winning 1962 movie “The Miracle Worker,” which helped showcase her struggles and triumphs to an international audience.

Despite her incomparable struggle to become relevant in the world with which she could not communicate, Keller later triumphed over seemingly insurmountable adversity, becoming a well-known author, activist, lecturer and world traveler–also having earned a bachelor of arts degree from Radcliffe College.
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Greetings from Kings Dominion! 

On May 30, 2015 Kings Dominion is hosting our annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day.  Spectacular entertainment, educational exhibits and interpreters for many shows and services will make this a memorable day for all.  There is a special price of $34.00 available for your students and guests to take advantage of.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 804-876-5000 or by entering the following promotional code on the website in the top right corner: KDDHHAD.  Please also find attached a promotional flyer that can be shared if you wish.

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The Bellingham Herald
Bellingham, WA
January 4, 2015

Bert Lederer, 79, has been deaf since he was a child. He can’t hear the doorbell ring, can’t hear the oven ding and can’t hear his wife, Claydene, call for him from another room.

That all changed when Warren, an 11-year-old Australian Cattle Dog, came into their lives 10 years ago. Warren was placed with the Lederers by Dogs for the Deaf, a nonprofit organization based in Oregon that rescues dogs from animal shelters around the U.S. to train and place them with people with hearing loss and deafness.

Warren has improved the Lederers’ quality of life, alerting Bert to sounds by nudging him gently in the direction of the sound. Warren is able to lead Bert to the correct elevator when it arrives. If Claydene, 75, needs her husband and he’s in another room, she can call Warren, who will get Bert for her.

Bert was raised in Washington, D.C. Claydene, who grew up in a military family that moved around every few years, calls Bellingham her hometown. They have a daughter and three grandsons who live nearby. They have been married for 55 years and have lived in Bellingham for 25.

“We are still best buddies,” Bert says, and that is evident.

The Lederers seem to do everything together, along with Warren, who is the subject of a children’s book written by Claydene. “Warren: The True Story of How a Herding Dog Became a Hearing Dog,” tells the story of how Warren was found in a Humane Society animal shelter by a Dogs for the Deaf trainer and eventually found his way to the Lederers.


Greetings from Elizabeth Spiers and Christine Day at the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)!

Christine and Elizabeth work within DeafBlind Services at DBVI.  Elizabeth is the Program Director for DeafBlind Services, and works with deafblind people in central and eastern Virginia.  Christine, our DeafBlind Specialist, works with deafblind people in the central and western part of Virginia.

We want to kick off DeafBlind Awareness Week 2014 by sharing with you some fun facts and stories about deafblind people this week.  Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested.


Helen Keller is widely known for her accomplishments as a deafblind individual.  The last week in June is Deaf-Blind Awareness week to honor her birthday on June 27th.  Deaf-Blind Awareness Week started in 1984, when President Reagan declared the last week of June as "Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week." This action was taken as a result of a joint Senate and House resolution, Proclamation 5214 of June 22, 1984.

For more information, people can visit  If you have questions or have difficulty accessing the links we provide, please contact us.  Our contact information is below and will be given in each email we send.


Below is information and a couple of links you can use to learn more about the various causes of combined vision and hearing loss.  If you want more information or have trouble with the links we sent you, please let Christine and me know—our contact information is at the end of this email.    Christine and Elizabeth

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