Honoring Barbara Walters
By Helen Keller Services | January 3, 2023
Hearing the passing of Barbara Walters, we reflect on how she raised awareness about the DeafBlind population through her memorable interview with Dr. Robert J. Smithdas. Bob, a colleague and dear friend of everyone at Helen Keller Services, shared his ways of life with Barbara. He brought his love for life to a vast audience. Barbara helped American viewers learn that you can be DeafBlind, have a fulfilling life, contribute, and accomplish so much. This was evident through Bob’s various life experiences as an educator, poet, and leader. We honor and appreciate Barbara for interviewing Bob not once but twice and for sharing his meaningful story with viewers. She was a voice with much influence, and her friendship was a valued gift that we have always treasured. View the interview here.