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Worldwide celebration of Helen Keller

30 July 2019

Celebrations for Helen Keller Day took place around the world on 27 June, with Sense International teams raising awareness of deafblindness.


  • A group standing together cheering for Helen Keller Day. The group includes many children with deafblindnessIn Romania, as part of the ‘When I grow up, I will be…’ project, children and young people had the chance to explore new things, express feelings and sense the world around them. Some of the younger children with multi-sensory impairment experienced horse therapy, as well as outdoor activities in the mountains, forests and at the seaside. Meanwhile young people with multi-sensory impairment visited companies for work experience and to build their independence.
  • In Uganda the team welcomed officials from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development – as well as other stakeholders – to an event to raise awareness of tactile communication. And in Tanzania over 50 national stakeholders, including key decision-makers from government, NGOs and UN bodies, attended an event to find out about tactile communication. 
  • A large group of cyclists at a start lineSense International India, in partnership with its regional centres, also hosted several awareness raising activities and for the fifth year in a row, ran `Messengers on Cycles’ – a charity cyclothon, with participants riding together to promote inclusion, education and support for children and adults with deafblindness.
  • The Peru team held an exhibition called `Images of Deafblindness’ as well as opening several new educational programmes for young people with deafblindness.Young people with deafblindness attending the opening of a new educational programme

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First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019