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However, a national institution of higher education for blind students was never established; instead, postschool efforts focused on developing work or trade skills.

Of special note was the instruction of those who were both deaf and blind. Howe was instrumental in the education of Laura Bridgman, who became a well-known figure in the early nineteenth century. Of even greater fame was Helen Keller, another deaf-blind individual who was referred to the Perkins Institution by Alexander Graham Bell and who made great strides under the tutelage of Anne Sullivan. Their personal educational struggles and accomplishments generated great interest as Howe and Sullivan worked exhaustively to develop methodological approaches that would address the sensory impairments of their students. Thus, beliefs in the educability of blind individuals and the wherewithal to conduct that education grew strong as well, although these advances took place somewhat later than those regarding the education of the deaf...Back to the Book

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