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Keller's use of oral communication [Audio Description]

Clip: 10/19/2021 | 2m 31s | Video has closed captioning.

Alexander Graham Bell encouraged Helen Keller to practice oralism, where deaf people communicate through speech and lip-reading instead of sign language. "Oralism in general, I think, has a very oppressive quality to it, because what oralism is predicated on is the idea that the only way to communicate effectively is being able to speak," said disability rights advocate Rebecca Alexander.

Aired: 10/19/21

Rating: NR

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