American Masters: Becoming Helen Keller examines one of the 20th century’s human rights pioneers in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The new documentary rediscovers the complex life and legacy of author and activist Helen Keller (1880-1968), who was deaf and blind since childhood, exploring how she used her celebrity and wit to advocate for social justice, particularly for women, workers, people with disabilities and people living in poverty.
WQED Education convened an Advisory Board representing local organizations, including Achieva, InVision Human Services, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, DT Watson, Evolve Coaching, and Sign Language Interpreting Professionals. The board was used to provide feedback on ways to make content, like Love What You Do: Shy’s Story more accessible to our audiences.
ADA accommodations will be provided (such as ASL interpreters, CART or other accommodations) if requested by Wednesday, October 13 via the registration link above.
Local WQED Production Premiere: Love What You Do: Shy's Story
Following the screening of American Masters: Becoming Helen Keller, don't miss the exclusive premiere of Love What You Do: Shy's Story. Blind since birth and on the autism spectrum, Shailen "Shy" Abram or Pittsburgh, PA is a self-taught pianist and vocalist. Shy's inspirational story is filled with fascinating challenges and successes.
Support for American Masters: Becoming Helen Keller and the companion WQED initiatives is provided in part by National Endowment for the Humanities, Arthur Vining Davis, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NEC Foundation of America, The Gibney Family Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, The Better Angels Society including The Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, Harris Mathews Charitable Foundation, Inc., Irving and Sara Selis Foundation, Inc., Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, Newcastle Foundation Trust, Alabama Humanities Foundation, Dorothy S. Koretzky Memorial Fund, and Alice & Jim Hardigg.