The Anne Sullivan Library
The APSOCECAT Library, although modest, is possibly the most specialised documentary center for deafblindness in Spain. Most of the books are written in English, but there are also in other languages, such as French and Italian.
The library is the product of APSOCECAT’s ongoing work to collect, acquire, classify and translate the documentation found around the world in the field of deafblindness.
You can consult our facilities in person, where you will have a suitable space for study, which you can visit frequently.
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The library recognises AnneSullivan (1866-1936). Daughter of a family of Irish emigrants from Massachusetts, USA, who lived with a progressive deterioration of sight caused by trachoma, which is why she received special education at the Perkins School for the Blind. She was an exemplary student, finishing studies with honuors. She dedicated her life to serving as a teacher.
In 1887 she was selected to educate Helen Keller, a deafblind girl she taught to communicate using sign language, also to read and write. Later Helen also got a certain degree of oral speech. All of Helen’s goals were somehow accompanied and guided by Anne. They developed a very close bond of friendship.
She died at age 70, being a reference for deafblind professionals and an inspiration to work even if the cause seems impossible