Remembering Patty Duke

I’d like to take a moment to rememberĀ the life of a remarkable actress, Patty Duke. She became famous for her classic portrayal of Helen Keller in 1959. Of course, nowadays, it is preferable to have people with a disability portray a person with a disability, but 56 years ago, “The Miracle Worker” did much to advance disability awareness and champion a positive portrayal of a child with special needs, along with the importance of positive special education, a rarity in those days.

Here is an obituary from theĀ New York Times.

Patty Duke Helen Keller

Patty Duke earned acclaim for her portrayal of Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker” (1959). Her teacher, Annie Sullivan, played by Anne Bancroft, also had a disability; together, they succeeded.


Another Call to Aid Children Refugees, from Those Who Lived Through the Kindertransport

People who remember the moral imperative that led to the rescue of 10,000 children in what was known during the Holocaust as Kindertransport call on wealthy nations to rescue children from Syria and other war-ravaged nations. This important piece from the Washington Post explains.

Kindertransport - Syrian Children