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JULY 30, 2008
She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer by Sally and Robert Alexander
At twelve years of age, Laura Bridgman became a world famous person.  Blind and deaf from a young age, Laura overcame  limitations to learn and develop her bright, curious mind.  Scarlet fever left her with only one active sense, the sense of touch.  It was through this sense she learned to read, write and communicate through speech and sign language.  Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe was the doctor  determined to help Laura be a functioning person.  Dr. Howe worked at the New England Institution for the Education of the Blind.  Eventually this school became known as the Perkins School for the Blind located in Boston.

Laura was a marvel in her time.  She demonstrated her abilities for other doctors and professionals,  often in the general public.  Laura helped raise the awareness for the blind and deaf population.  Anne Sullivan Macy attended Perkins School for the Blind and was taught to finger spell by Laura.  Anne used finger spelling and Dr. Howe's methods to reach Helen Keller.  Helen Keller is most prominently known as the blind-deaf leader.  However, Laura prepared the way for Helen and others to have a chance with training and methods of learning particular to helping the blind-deaf population.

This biography is a wonderful inspiration to all of us.  The encouragement is to never give up and to continue against all obstacles to be all you can be.  The author, Sally Alexander, is a person who is blind and has hearing loss.  She is married to Robert Alexander and they have two children.  This book is most suitable for readers in grades 4 through adulthood.

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