A Lesson in Strength and Spirit


On Wednesday morning, Morah Vered’s 6th grade Language Arts students had the unique opportunity to meet a young, Jewish woman who is both deaf and legally blind. Accompanied by Jax, her service dog, and Dr. Sheryl Cooper, her interpreter, Sarah joined our class to tell her inspiring story of adversity, resilience, and triumph. Her visit capped off the students’ reading of Gibson’s The Miracle Worker, the story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan. Sarah spoke about growing up completely deaf and progressively losing her sight due to Usher Syndrome. She discussed training at the Helen Keller Center in New York, forging a bond with Jax, traveling throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel, attending culinary school, and running her own baking business. Sarah’s independence, strength, and passion for life undoubtedly sent a powerful and moving message to everyone in the room.