Helen Keller

Influencer of Disabled People

Early Life:

  • Born: June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States
  • 1894-1895, Helen attended the Wright-Humason in New York City
  • 1896-1897 she attended the Cambridge School for Young Ladies
  • Entered Radcliffe College in 1900

Getting Involved:

  • She lectured about political and humanitarian issues in the United States
  • She was a committed socialist for her adult life
  • Raised money for the blind and deaf
  • In World War 2, Helen helped veterans who had been blinded in battle

Choices & Results

  • Keller wrote a number of books
  • One of her books was made into a 1962 movie, and it won an Academy Award
  • In 1953, "The Unconquered" told the story of Helen Keller's life, which won ana Academy Award but made little money
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In His\Her Words

  • “Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.”

  • “Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content”

  • "When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another."


Aftermath

  • For her generation and generations to come, she has created a lifestyle that even for severely handicapped, it would still be worth living.

Words for Him\Her

  • "I was inspired to write about Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller after reading a newspaper article about a newly discovered early photograph of the two together." - Deborah Hopkinson

Legacy

  • Kellers audience overlooked how dedicated she was in helping the blind
  • Those who knew her, knew how she was filled with enthusiasm for life

Annotated Bibliography

  1. http://kidlitwhm.blogspot.com/2013/03/helen-keller-revisited-interview-with.html

Quote from an interview with Deborah Hopkinson about Keller