Helen Keller, An Inspiration To All

By: Grace Baluch

"Be happy for what you have while working for what you want."

Helen Adams Keller

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27th 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. At 18 months old she lost her sight and hearing due to an unknown disease. She was considered an inspiration to all as she was deaf, mute and blind but was still able to read and write. Even able to speak some English. In years later, she pushed the government to assist more of the blind and was awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Distinguished Service Medal in 1936. She then died in June 1968.

Childhood

Helen's parents were named Kate Adams Keller and Colonel Arthur Keller. She owned a dog and had only one sister named Mildred Keller. Her family grew up in a home that was built by their grandfather. Arthur was a editor for the local paper and was once a captain for the Confederate Army. Her mother, Kate, also served in the Confederate Army. Helen was not born deaf and only developed her disease during her childhood. She was taught while still young how to read and write by her teacher Anne Sullivan.

Adjusting to Hard Times

At 18 months, a girl named Helen was diagnosed with an unknown disease. The result of this disease was her loosing her sight and her hearing. Being able to communicate with her fellow family members was a major challenge. Since she was only a young girl, she threw fits constantly. One day, she heard about a girl who was like her but was able to speak. Her parents set out to find a teacher who could possibly make this happen to Helen as well. They stumbled across Anne Sullivan, an American teacher. Years later, Helen Keller was publishing books and was able to say basic English language. Helen is known as an inspiration and gives meaning to the saying "Never Give Up."

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