Listener Relevance Link: Heather Whitestone McCallum was born February 24, 1973 in Dothan, Alabama (The first Deaf Miss America). III. Speaker Credibility: According to the 2016 Premiere Speakers Bureau, in an article entitled Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1995, Heather lost her hearing at the age of eighteen months when she was rushed
Her parents found out she was deaf on December 24, 1974. She had a very high fever so they went to the hospital where the doctor prescribed very strong antibiotics. A few months later she was brought back because her mother suspected something was wrong. The doctors had found the H. Influenza virus in Heather’s blood and later in both of her ears. She was told she would not achieve more than a third grade education and would not develop much verbal speech because she suffered major hearing loss (Bates).
Keller learned to recognize vibration patterns to determine who was walking towards her and determine gender based on strength and body shape. She became the first blind and deaf person to obtain their bachelor’s degree and was very politically active. She gave motivational speeches and is the most well known deaf and blind person to this day. Even though Keller was not able to see or hear almost all of her life, she broke barriers and inspired thousands. Keller is a prime example of how dealing with challenges does not weaken one’s self, but allow them to
At just 19 months, Helen became deaf and blind from a disease that isn’t confirmed. Helen wasn’t able to go to school because her behavior was getting out of hand. When this happened, Helen’s parents called Anne Sullivan. Anne began using
Blind and Deaf? Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia Alabama. When Helen was 18 months old she was ill with “Brain Fever.” This sickness caused her to lose her hearing and sight. Her disabilities caused Helen to have anger problems, throwing tantrums and screaming. Her family cook Martha Washington, created a type of sign language to communicate with Helen.
Condoleeza Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1954. This great American is known for many accomplishments throughout her life and chooses not to be defined by any one of them specifically. She was the child of a Minister and a school teacher. Her early life was filled with fear and confusion as she couldn’t understand why racism existed. Most of us cannot imagine what it was like to grow up in a place like Birmingham in the 60’s.
Jessica Cox. The fact that she is able to do rather difficult tasks without her arms and hands is interesting. She speaks out to people all over the word to tell them that nothing can hold them back from doing what they want to do in their life. Jessica Cox inspires others and I. Jessica Cox was born on February 2nd 1983 with a rare birth defect preventing her from having arms. In spite of her disability, she has learned to live her life with her feet, substituting her hands and has made amazing achievements.
Helen Keller was an American educator that overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf. She became one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians, and at the same time the co-founder of the ACLU. Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. In 1882, she was struck by an illness that left her deaf and blind. At the beginning of 1887, Helen met a teacher called Anne Sullivan.
When Helen was only 19 months old, she got very sick. The doctors said it was either scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness caused her to lose her eyesight and hearing. At some points she could see but most of the time she couldn’t. I think it would be better to lose your sight and hearing early in life.
It is my altruism that will define who I become. Throughout my high school career, I have invested myself in the Deaf community. In my career past high school and college I will still be there and in the hearing community. I started a program to teach others American Sign Language. A girl came in and I started talking with her, she had an ASL background and knew enough signs to make conversation.
The awards continued to come in 2011 when Rebecca Skloot won the 2011 Audie Award for best Non-Fiction Audiobook, and a Medical Journalists’ Association Open Book Award. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was actually featured on over 60 of the critics’ best of the year lists. I think for this being her first book and winning all of those awards is really fascinating and that she accomplished something really big. In this book she names a lot of people and it is hard to keep up with all of them, but a couple of people stand out to me. The first person who stood out to me would be her daughter, Deborah.