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Walking Free: The Nellie Zimmerman Story Rosezelle Boggs-Qualls

Walking Free: The Nellie Zimmerman Story

Rosezelle Boggs-Qualls

Published December 31st 2001
ISBN : 9780970082725
Paperback
269 pages
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A biographical docudrama about the deaf and blind Nellie L. Zimmerman. After the death of her father, Nellie was committed to the Massillon State Mental Hospital at the age of 52. With no one on the staff trained in communicating with the deaf-blind,MoreA biographical docudrama about the deaf and blind Nellie L. Zimmerman. After the death of her father, Nellie was committed to the Massillon State Mental Hospital at the age of 52. With no one on the staff trained in communicating with the deaf-blind, Nellie lived in silence for 19 years. She kept her mind sane by memorizing her Braille Bible and playing complicated math and word games in her head. She was finally discovered hiding under a bedsheet, finger spelling the Lords Prayer. After she was released from the State Hospital in 1976, at the age of 71, she lived her life as if she were making up for lost time. With the help of her companion Emily Street, she attended Malone College, became a well-known lecturer throughout Northeast Ohio, and worked as a life skills instructor for deaf and deaf-blind boys. This inspiring true story will give you rare insight into the life of this amazing woman, who won many awards and was recognized by the Ohio State House of Representatives as an outstanding Ohioan.