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Today, the Helen Keller archives contain almost 500 speeches and essays on topics as varied as birth control and Fascism in Europe.
A few years after his diagnosis, Ralph began to lose his ability to walk.
Born in the US in 1880, an illness left Helen Keller both blind and deaf before her second birthday.
While the services available to people with disabilities were less extensive than they are today, Keller’s mother sought out experts and ensured her daughter received the best education.
“If I just sat in a wheelchair, I’d be giving up completely,” he remembers.
Today, he’s working with other leaders from science, technology and communications to fund and fast-track a cure for paralysis.
“Disability need not be an obstacle to success,” Stephen Hawking wrote in the first ever world disability report back in 2011.
As one of the most influential scientists of modern times, the wheelchair-bound physicist is certainly proof of that.