Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education

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The Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education is committed to furthering Helen Keller’s legacy, not only through advancements in medical research, but also through education.  Accordingly, Mrs. Keller Johnson-Thompson, great-grand niece of Helen Keller, joined the Foundation in 1994 to develop the education component.  Keller has been the hub for her family and the Foundation, educating the public on the many aspects of the life of her famous aunt through school programs, the internet, public speaking engagements and her relationships with other organizations interested in the legacy of Helen Keller. Since 1994, Keller has visited more than 3,350 schools and touched the lives of 768,000+ students throughout the United States. 


Programs by Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education

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A Journey Through the Life of Helen Keller

Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a world of darkness and silence?  Keller Johnson Thompson, great grand niece of Helen Keller,  takes you on a journey through the life of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy using...


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Type of Organization

Education: Other Educational Organization


Keller Thompson   kellerj@helenkellerfoundation.org
600 East 5th Street
Tuscumbia Alabama 35674
United States


Primary Disciplines

The programs of Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education cover:

Social Studies/History

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

Helen Keller, called by First Lady Eleanor
Roosevelt "America’s goodwill ambassador to the world", is Alabama’s
most famous citizen.  In 2000, Time
magazine chose her as one of the 100 most important people of the Twentieth

 The world still admires Helen Keller's example of
character and values that reflect well on her home state.
  Her lifetime accomplishments, after
overcoming the "double dungeon" of darkness and silence, continues to
inspire both adults and children worldwide to overcome disabilities
(enclosure). Indeed, there is no more proven, time-tested story than that of
Helen Keller for teaching children the values that will help them succeed in

 As religious education has increasingly left many school systems, a movement towards (secular) character education has
developed in its place.
 In response to
this movement, the Alabama-based Helen Keller Foundation created a highly
successful character education program (the Helen Keller Program) for
elementary schools, intermediate schools, middle schools, high schools and
adult groups.


Led by Helen Keller's great-grandniece, Mrs.
Keller Johnson-Thompson, the Foundation's Vice President of Education,
the Helen Keller Program uniquely influences the moral development of
students by focusing on the character and life achievements of Helen
Keller.  The Program teaches children at
an early age to be accepting of people despite their differences or handicaps,
leading them towards a lifetime of tolerance that underpins any healthy
community.  It teaches children the importance
of faith, hard work, respect, optimism, and accomplishment.

the Helen Keller Program has taught character education and
the science of sight and hearing to elementary school children since 1995,
supported by both private donations and Alabama state support (1995-2002).  To date, Keller has presented to over 560,000 children in 3,500 schools, in all 67 Alabama
She has also represented Alabama and the Foundation in schools and adult
venues throughout the United States.