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The Gift Of Speech
Speech is the birthright of every child. It is the deaf child’s one fair chance to keep in touch with his fellows. In many ways deafness is a greater disaster than blindness. Blindness robs the day of its light and makes us dependent and physically helpless. Deafness stops up the fountain-head of knowledge and turns life into a desert. For without language intellectual life is impossible....
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Title: The Gift Of Speech
From: Out Of The Dark
Creator: Helen Keller (author)
Date: 1920
Format: Article
Publisher: Doubleday, Page & Company, New York
Source: Available at selected libraries
Location: pp.251-254
Keywords: Advocacy; Blind; Children; Deaf; Deaf-blind; Education; Educational Institutions; Helen Keller; Ideologies; New York; Oralism; Sensory Disability
Topics: Social Movements & Advocacy
Note: Address before the German Scientific Society of New York, April 8, 1913.

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