I am now 85 years old, and I owe my high quality of life to The Helen Keller Organization. As my vision began to fade, so did my hopes of living a long and healthy lifestyle. I became bitter and angry at the world as I struggled to read books, the newspaper and even my own mail to pay bills. I needed more assistance with activities of daily living and failed at many attempts to complete tasks at my job as I toiled to remain employed for necessary income. I was then referred to the Helen Keller Organization and things distinctly changed. I was given the opportunity to work with staff who are patient. kind and knowledgeable. Their caring and concern as well as the gift to listen were unparalleled. I was presented with a computer that has changed my outlook on life. I no longer have to struggle with everything that I need to accomplish to remain employed and connected to this world. It’s more than just illuminating and magnifying words, it is independence. Marcia, a staff member, came to my apartment several times to teach me how to maneuver the basics and intricacies of the computer and software. I did not believe that I could ever see print again, never mind manipulate a new computer. I was given my life back as well as my self-reliance and autonomy. Thank you – Helen Keller – for caring enough so I don’t need to live my life with bitterness and anger, but rather joy and anticipation for new things that are yet to touch my life.

An older woman named Barbara Tucker wearing a facemask and sitting at a desk with her hands on a computer keyboard
An older woman named Barbara Tucker wearing a facemask and sitting at a desk with her hands on a computer keyboard
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