While collecting customer testimonials in the area, AHFA staff passed through Talladega on June 28 -- one day after Helen Keller's 137th birthday. Keller, overcame a dual challenge of deafness and blindness through the strength of her spirit and the skills of her devoted teacher, Anne Sullivan. Today, the Helen Keller School of Alabama, a campus of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, bears her name and serves deaf, blind and multidisabled children, ages three to 21, by providing individualized quality education, service and care which focuses on the abilities and potential of each student. There is no tuition, room or board charged for students whose families are Alabama residents.
However, Helen Keller is not the only famous Alabamian to have a local Talladega landmark named for them. AHFA staff also visited the Talladega Walk of Fame at Davey Allison Memorial Park. Allison was a race car driver and NASCAR Cup Series champion who died in 1993 after a helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway. The local distributor for Allison-sponsor Texaco, remembered the legacy of Allison in 1994 with the creation of the park and Walk of Fame, where fans vote drivers, past and present, to a specially themed "hall of fame" for drivers.
#OurAlabamaHome is AHFA's theme for 2017. We regularly take road trips to visit with customers who have bought their home or found affordable housing because of AHFA programs. As we travel to visit these customers, we're also highlighting the city or town they live in to celebrate Alabama and illustrate how AHFA's programs reach all across the state. Together, our customers' testimonials bring #OurAlabamaHome to life. Keep track of our travels on AHFA's Facebook page and here on our website.