Helen Keller

The dark and silent world

Helen Keller

Helen Keller was born on June 27,1880. Helen Keller was a year and a half old when she became very sick. Later when she got over her sickness, she was left blind and deaf. A woman named Annie Sullivan came to live with Helen Keller to help teach her how to behave, eat, read and write. Helen Keller learned to read and write at the age of 10. When Helen Keller was 20 years old she went to Radcliffe College with Annie by her side. Radcliffe College awarded Helen Keller the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Helen Keller won lots of awards like the Lions Humanitarian Award. Helen Keller was ranked near the top of “most admired”. She also started helping blind and deaf people. She wrote lots of books and articles. Helen Keller wrote a book she called, ''The Story of My Life''. It was only a small part of her life because she was only twenty-two years old when her book was published. Helen Keller’s book sold thousands of copies. Everyone wanted to know Helen because she could do things other blind and deaf people could not. Helen visited places all around the world like Europe, Egypt, Australia and Japan. In 1953, Helen met President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Helen asked him if she could touch his face. She wanted to use her fingers so she could see him. Helen knew what his face looked like from touching his mouth. She learned how to feel people's faces to understand what they said and also what they looked like. Sadly, she died a few weeks before her eighty-eighth birthday. Helen Keller International is very proud to carry Helen Keller’s name in memory for helping the blind and deaf people when she was blind and deaf herself.