Women in Special Ed: Anne Sullivan

Anne Sullivan | Helen Keller wouldn’t be the household name it is today if it weren’t for this incredibly patient and talented teacher. Anne Sullivan herself lost the ability to see when she was a child and attended a school for the blind where she learned the manual alphabet. Helen Keller, who was unable to either see or hear, presented something of a brand new challenge. In the early goings, Keller and Sullivan didn’t get along at all, but in time, they learned to trust each other and spent hours and hours per day telling stories and learning history, mathematics, and science, and more. Sullivan has been memorialized in the hit play “The Miracle Worker,” and many of her best practices are still in use by teachers today.



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