Helen Keller

When Did She Live?

June 27, 1880 - June 01, 1968

born in Tuscumbia, Alabama

died in Easton, Connecticut

About Helen Keller

Helen Keller was born a normal healthy baby, but at 19 months she became sick. Many people now think it was scarlet fever or meningitis. Doctors called her illness "brain fever", and thought she wasn't going to survive, but she did. As a result from "brain fever", Helen Keller became blind and deaf.

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.

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The Helen Keller statue is located in the U.S. Capitol

What did she accomplish?

When she was still young, she learned how to write and spell.
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At age 22, she published her first book. "The Story of My Life"
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Helen Keller received a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Radcliffe College in 1904.

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.

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In 1953, Helen Keller was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
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She had a movie made about her story. "The Miracle Worker."
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A Strange Fact

Most of the pictures of Helen Keller are of the right side of her face. This was intentional because she was seen as almost normal on her right side, while her left side gave away that she was blind.

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.

Without Helen Keller...

Without Helen Keller, The blind and deaf communities wouldn't be as recognized. There probably wouldn't be as many programs to help them learn or live with their disabilities. Many people around the globe that are blind or deaf wouldn't have as much of an inspiration. Helen Keller rose their spirits. Her success story gave hope to millions of others.

Helen Keller Quotes

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