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Becoming Helen Keller – Screening & Discussion
Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month with film highlights and a panel discussion.
Enjoy highlights from the upcoming documentary, American Masters: Becoming Helen Keller, followed by a conversation about Helen Keller’s trailblazing advocacy and the evolution of the disability rights movement with Kirk Adams, President and CEO, American Foundation for the Blind; Alexandria Wailes, actor and dancer; and other leading experts; moderated by Rebecca Alexander, author, psychotherapist and disability rights advocate.
Helen Keller first came into public view at a young age, soon after her teacher Anne Sullivan taught her to communicate. Though she lived until age 87 and became an accomplished writer and activist, Keller continues to be immortalized as a child. American Masters: Becoming Helen Keller rediscovers the complex life and legacy of the human rights pioneer, who was deaf and blind since childhood, exploring how she used her celebrity and wit to advocate for social justice, particularly for women, workers, people with disabilities and people living in poverty.
This event is presented by The WNET Group in collaboration with PBS stations Alabama Public Television, Iowa PBS, WCNY, WFYI, WGCU Public Media, WQED, WQLN Public Media and WXXI.
Open-captions and American Sign Language interpretation will be provided throughout the event. Basic and descriptive transcripts will be available upon request.