Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Ragnhild Tollefsen KÃ¥ta (23 May 1873 â€“ 12 February 1947) was the first deafblind person in Norway who received proper schooling. Despite being deafblind, she learned to talk, inspiring Helen Keller to do the same.Ragnhild KÃ¥ta was born at KÃ¥taeiet in Vestre Slidre. At the age of three and a half, she lost her sight, hearing, sense of smell and taste, possibly due to scarlet fever. Teacher and author Hallvard Bergh, after meeting Ragnhild in 1887, wrote a passionate piece about her tragic plight in Verdens Gang. The piece was read by Lars Havstad, himself deaf, and a pioneer when it came to education of the deaf in Norway. Havstad''s brother-in-law, Elias Hofgaard, was the administrator of the Hamar Institute for the Deaf, and Havstad wrote to Bergh suggesting he contact him.