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What the TikTok Helen Keller 'Trend' Shows Us About Disability and Success

I have heard there is a trend on TikTok to question the accomplishments of Helen Keller due to the nature of her challenges. Keller became blind and deaf at the age of 19 months due to a severe illness. With the support of her teacher and friend, Anne Sullivan, Keller learned to use sign language, read Braille, and speak, and became a renowned author and disability advocate. Her story has been featured in numerous films, and her childhood home in Alabama is now a museum. Her life has been well-documented, yet her capabilities are still being doubted.

Unfortunately, this troubling trend doesn’t surprise me as a blind woman. Every person with a disability has been confronted by people wondering or assuming what we can and can’t do. Myths,

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