Helen Keller

Biography by: Taylor M

Early Life

Helen Keller was born June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She was joyful young child with two older stepbrothers. Her family owned a cotton plantation but they weren't very wealth at all. Her father was an officer in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. She had senses of sight and hearing when she was born.

She surprisingly started speaking at just 6 months old. She started walking like a normal young child at the age of 1. She was a very happy child and had a big heart for almost everything.

Losing sight and hearing

In 1882, however, Helen Keller fell ill with a high fever called "brain fever". She was a fighter though and she never gave up. The illness remains a mystery still to this day. Some experts say that it might have been scarlet or meningitis. Her family was very overjoyed when the fever finally broke. Later they realized their daughter seemed to have no interest in normal activities. They began to worry about what is happening to their little girl. Helen had lost both her sight and hearing at just the age of 18 months.

Helen turned her happy little self into a raging little brat. Most of her family member wanted to send her to an institutionalized facility where she could learn a better way to adjust. A place where she could take her anger out in a better way and help her understand why she had to be this way. Her best friend was Martha Washington, the young daughter of the family cook. They played and created a type of sign language so they could communicate with each other. They made up over 60 signs by the time they were seven.


Helen Kellers mom was reading a book and decided to take Helen and her husband to Baltimore, Maryland to see a specialist, Dr. J. Julian Chisolm. After examining Helen, Dr. Chisolm decided to send Helen and her family to see Alexander Graham Bell. At this time he was working with the blind and deaf children in Boston, Massachusetts. There they meet the director of the school for the blind and deaf and he suggested Helen work with one of the institutes most recent graduates, Anne Sullivan.

In March, 1887 Anne Sullivan went to the Keller home in Alabama to work with Helen. Helen first refused to cooperate with Sullivan's instructions and decided to throw another one of her tantrums. After a while of just Helen and Sullivan, no family around, she finally got to understand word after word after word.

Another Education

IN 1890, Helen began speech classes at the Horace Mann School for the blind in Boston. She would learn for 25 years to speak so that others could understand what she was trying to say. From 1894 - 1896 she went to the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf in New York City. There she learned how to communicate better and to improve her academic studies.

Around this time Helen became driven to go to college. In 1896 she attended the Cambridge School for young ladies. As her uphill story came known to the public she became a famous, inspirational young lady. After finishing college she became a member of the Socialist Party. Between 1909 and 1921 she wrote several articles over socialism.

What she became to be

In 1946, Helen was appointed counselor of international relations for the American Foundation of Overseas Blind. Between 1946 and 1957, she traveled to 35 different countries and 5 different continents. When Helen was 75 years old she started a 40,000 mile, five month streak across Asia. She brought inspiration and encouragement to millions of millions of people.

In 1957 her autobiography 'The Story Of My Life' became the television basis for 'The Miracle Worker'. She was a inspiration to all because she never stopped when she put her mind to something. Just because she had disabilities didn't stop her from reaching the top.

Death and legacy

Helen was suffering a series of strokes during 1961, and spent the remaining years of her life at her home in Connecticut. She received many medals during this time as well. Just a few days before her 88th birthday Helen died in her sleep on June 1, 1968. She was a true inspiration to all.

She had a very positive effect on society because she showed to never give up on your dreams even if it's a uphill battle. She also had a very positive effect on society by helping the children who are going through the same things she went through and to never lose out on their dreams. Some adjectives I would use for her would be smart, kind, driven, not fearful, courageous and helpful. The fact that she overcame her disabilities and was able to do anything she set her mind to, seems pretty amazing to me. I chose this person because her courage shows kids of all ages to never give up even if there is some bumpy times. I think what makes her so interesting or special is because she never gave up and even when she was confused or so mad she got over it and became the person she always dreamed of being. I never knew she worked so hard to complete her dreams and was so politically involved.

Overall, she is an inspiration to all kids or adults to never give up on your dreams and to stay driven to the path you want to achieve.

Interesting Facts

Helen wrote to 8 different presidents!! She got letters back from all of them.

Helen loved hot and fresh hot dogs!

Helen won many medals for her autobiography.

Helen visited 39 countries in her life.

Work Cited

Book= Helen Keller

By: Laurie Lawlor

April 30, 2015

Website = tiny.cc/ela6

bio.com/ Biography


May 4 and 5,2015

Website= American Foundation For the Blind

Helen Keller Kids Museum

May 6,2015


Website= Mr.Nussbaum- Biography


May 6,2015

Picture = Image Buddy


May 5,2015

Picture=American Foundation for The Blind


May 5,2015

Picture= Spartacus Educational; Helen Keller


May 6,2015

Picture= american Printing House For The Blind


May 6,2015

Picture= Today I Found Out (Feed Your Brain)


May 6,2015