Brief History

In-school screenings revealed that the founder of half Helen, Chelsea Elliott, was blind in her left eye and deaf in her right ear. As a kid, Chelsea learned about Helen Keller and surmised that since she was half-blind and half-deaf, she was “half Helen!”

After graduating from St. Edward’s University in 2013, Chelsea founded the half Helen Foundation, a nonprofit organization that exists to improve children’s vision and hearing through innovative screenings, research, and advocacy. In doing so, she hopes to prevent other children from winding up “half Helens”. Read more about half Helen here. 


CNN Hero: In 2015, Chelsea was recognized as a CNN Hero. The CNN Heroes program honors individuals who make extraordinary contributions to improve the lives of others.

Community Woman of the Year: In 2016, Texas Women in Business recognized Chelsea as Community Woman of the Year.

ChangeMaker: In 2017, the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce recognized Chelsea as a ChangeMaker.

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