We are very proud to partner with and support the Helen Keller Foundation! Detectable Warning Systems manufactures detectable warning products that are ADA compliant and meant to alert visually impaired pedestrians of their approach to street crossings and unsafe areas. Our mission directly coincides with the mission of the Helen Keller Foundation and we couldn’t think of a more worthy cause to support. Mar-Bal recently announced it will be donating a percentage of the sale of every DWS tile to The Hellen Keller Foundation.

Pictured above: Keller Johnson-Thompson, Vice President of Education (Great-GrandNiece of Helen Keller), Anthony Lignetta, Director, Proprietary Products, Mar-Bal Inc., Robert Morris, M.D., President, Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education.


About the Helen Keller Foundation

The Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education continues the work to which its namesake dedicated her life. It is from her achievements that we draw our inspiration. And our global efforts to end blindness and deafness through medical research are a result of her belief that no matter what the obstacle anything is possible.

Mission Statement

Based on the legacy of Helen Keller, the Foundation strives to prevent blindness and deafness by advancing research and education. The Foundation aspires to be a leader in integrating sight, speech and hearing research with the greater biomedical research community, creating and coordinating a peer-reviewed, worldwide network of investigators and institutions.

Values and Beliefs

  • We are inspired by and dedicated to the legacy of Helen Keller.
  • We are aware of the optimism, courage and perseverance needed to meet her calls to action.
  • We are committed to integrating research and education with medical care and rehabilitation to prevent blindness and deafness and to alleviate sight and hearing loss.
  • We believe that research will substantially reduce the worldwide societal impact of sight and hearing loss.


  • Integrate laboratory and clinical research to advance the state of vision and hearing research worldwide.
  • Conduct a program of public education on the legacy of Helen Keller emphasizing vision and hearing awareness and the importance of medical research.
  • Develop funding resources and a public relations effort sufficient to support an effective global research and education program.


In 1888, a world burst open in the form of a splash of water in the hand of a young blind and deaf girl at a well in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She instantly learned that water and other things have names, and she later called it “the birthday of my soul”. Exactly a century later in 1988, Helen Keller’s family joined a group of committed scientists to form a foundation in her now famous name, and in her home state, with the mission of continuing her victories over blindness and deafness through research and education.