Helen Keller

Overcoming Obstacles

"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face."

-Helen Keller

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Helen Keller short biography

Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880. When she was just eighteen months old, a strange malady left her blind and deaf. Helen often had bad temper-tantrums and learned to communicate to her parents. On March third, 1887, Anne Sullivan came to the Keller household to becomes Annes teacher. Anne teaches her vocabulary words, Braille, and multiplication. Helen goes on to overcome her obstacles of blindness and deafness.


Helen's conflict was character vs. self because she was blind and deaf, and she had to learn to overcome that throughout her life.

Career, accomplishments, and struggles

In 1890, Helen and Anne went to Horace Mann School for the Deaf, where she learned to feel the teacher's lip and movement of the mouth to copy the words. In an hour, Helen learned to copy the words the teacher was saying. A few years later, Helen and Anne went to Radcliffe College where she got her diploma. Helen eventually became a professional speaker to encourage other with blindness and deafness, or other disabilities that they could overcome their struggles. Helen even became an author. She wrote more than twelve published books.

More accomplishments

At nine years old, Helen learned to speak. While she was at Radcliffe College, Helen became the first blind and deaf person to get their Bachelors of Art diploma. She learned other languages besides English- French, Latin, and German. Helen formed Helen Keller International, a group that supplies free eye testing, and free prescription glasses to students who are homeless or very poor in 1915. Helen then persuaded the government to get more help for the blind and deaf.


"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face."

The quote that Helen wrote relates to her struggles because she was blind and deaf she was looked a differently and had to face different types of people.


Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan (1928 Newsreel Footage with Open Captions and Audio Description)

How Helen overcame her struggle

Helen overcame her struggle by determination and by accepting help. She said '“My teacher is so near to me that I scarcely think of myself apart from her. How much of my delight in all beautiful things is innate, and how much is due to her influence, I can never tell. I feel that her being is inseparable from my own and that the footsteps of my life are in hers. All the best of me belongs to her–there is not a talent, or an aspiration or a joy in me that has not been awakened by her loving touch.” Helen accepted help, so she overcame her obstacle of being blind-deaf.

Other interesting information

Helen visited 39 other countries.

Won an oscar for the book she wrote, "Helen Keller In Her Story."

Helen loved hot dogs.

On June first, 1968, Helen passed away in her sleep.

Works cited for multimedia

* Helen Keller Graduates From Radcliffe, Topical Press Agency/Getty Images


*Miss Keller and "Phiz" N.D, 1902


* Deaf-blind Helen Keller as a Young Girl, Circa 1894


* Dcmd "Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan (1928 Newsreel Footage with Open Captions and Audio Description.) Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, November 2, 2009.