AUSTIN -- Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is hosting a museum exhibit starting Wednesday through the end of the month inspired by Helen Keller.
Keller, who was left blind and deaf by disease as a child, overcame its communication barriers and is now famously known for her work as an American author, activist and lecturer.
The exhibit entitled “Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired,” explores four primary subjects: Reading, Science, Math, and Geography.
"Using Helen Keller's educational journey as a lens, the exhibit uses tactile reproductions and authentic artifacts to uncover the roots of modern education for children with vision loss. The exhibit is designed to be fully accessible. Each section includes six panels mounted with tactile reproductions or touchable examples of real artifacts. Each concludes with a sit-down touch table with interactive games and activities which spur the sensory imagination," the press release stated.
Ten historical photos of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan are included in the exhibit. It is wheelchair accessible, and information is presented in print, braille, and audio formats.
Admission is free and open to the public. Individuals and groups, especially school and scout groups, are welcome.
Visits can be scheduled on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling (512) 206-9411 and leaving a message. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. without reservations.
Click here for a map of the campus and directions to the school. The exhibit is located in Elementary Building 606.