About Helen Keller
Helen Keller's family was recommended to Alexander Graham Bell. He was working with deaf children at the time. He then recommended the family to the Perkins Institute for the Blind.
The Perkins Institute for the Blind assigned Anne Sullivan to work with Helen Keller.
Anne Sullivan started teaching Helen words by manually spelling them into her hand. Helen didn't quite understand that Sullivan was teaching her words to go with objects. She just thought it was a game.
Helen Keller started getting frustrated and would throw tantrums, So Anne Sullivan wanted to take her out of that environment. They moved into a cottage away from distractions.
One day Sullivan was trying to teach Helen "water" but she kept getting it confused with "mug." To correct her mistake, She brought Helen to the water pump outside. As she poured the water into her hand, she spelled the word into the other. It finally clicked and Helen Keller started to demand the names of many objects around her.
What did she accomplish?
She was also the first person that was both blind and deaf to get a college degree.
Earlier, she attended The Cambridge School of Weston.
A Strange Fact
Why is Helen Keller so important?
She joined the American Foundation for the Blind in 1921. When she joined, she began to travel the United States to share her story. She helped open up learning centers for the blind and deaf. Rehabilitation centers were created as well.
She promoted education for blind and deaf people.
Eventually she became a global ambassador for people with disabilities. Helen Keller started reaching out to people in different countries. Her main concern was to make sure all blind and deaf people had a fair and safe environment to live in.
She supported Worker's Rights and Women's Suffrage. This led to her being a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.