WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Wednesday, Industries for the Blind in Winston-Salem and students from Salem Academy used the day to honor Helen Keller and bring awareness to being blind.
October marked the 100th anniversary of Keller's visit to the agency. The program in her honor was called "The Blind Side." It's a unique blind awareness program was developed by employees of Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind (IFB) to improve understanding and acceptance of people who are blind. The event also coincides with October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
"The Blind Side" program includes learning etiquette for meeting a person who is blind or for someone using a guide dog; using a mobility cane; learning about Braille and technology tools used by someone who is blind or visually impaired, and insights into the daily lives of people who are blind.
Helen Keller spoke at Salem Academy on Oct. 6, 1913 to more than 1,000 people at the former Alumnae Memorial Hall. In honor of her visit, the school also declared that day "Helen Keller Day." Keller was joined on stage by her interpreter, Anne Sullivan Macy, members of the Academy's senior class, and the school president, Howard Rondthaler.
Participants also heard from IFB employee Anastasia Powell, who lost her sight in 1989.She shared her personal story of perseverance and independence.
*Information for this story provided Laura Burrows with Two B Public Relations