Helen Keller

The Lady of the Century

Helen's Early Life

Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. In 1882, when she was 18 months old,she became very sick whit something called a "brain fever" which caused her to become blind and deaf. In 1887 she started school with a teacher by the name of Annie Sullivan.

Helen's Schooling

To find a teacher, the Kellers went to the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston, MA. There the schools director choose Annie Sullivan to be her teacher. In 1887, Ann went to Helen's house to teach. Ann started teaching Helen finger signs. Helen keep getting derstracted by her family so her and Ann moved to a cottage away from the family. In 1890, Helen began speech classes at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston. This was the begining of her trip in education.

Helen's Adult Life

She became a well-known celebrity and lecturer by sharing her experiences with audiences.

She went around speaking about different topics. Some of these included womens and disabled peoples rights. She went around speaking for most of her adult life. In 1955, at age 75, Helen embarked on the longest and most grueling trip of her life: a 40,000-mile, five-month trek across Asia. Helen died in her sleep on June 1, 1968, just a few weeks before her 88th birthday.