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Helen Keller

  • Helen Keller was born on June 27, in Tuscumbia. Arthur Keller, a former officer in the Confederate army and Kate Adams were her parents.

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    Helen Keller

  • At the age of 19 months, Helen was stricken with an acute illness, meningitis and she lost her sight and hearing ability due to a high fever.

  • Dr. Alexander Graham Bell recognized that Helen was exceptionally bright and he urged to find a teacher from the Perkins Institute for the Blind.

  • Anne Sullivan became her teacher. Helen progressed with language rapidly under Anne’s tutorage.

  • Helen Keller learnt to read and write in Braille at the Perkins Institution and learned to speak at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf. She studied at the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf, the Cambridge School for Young Ladies and to Radcliffe College.

  • Mark Twain recognized her great spirit and intelligent despite her deafness and blindness.

  • Helen enrolled as a regular student in Radcliffe College with the help of Anne Sullivan.

  • Her first book, her autobiography The Story of My Life was published. She later wrote13 more books.

  • Helen became the first blind/deaf person to graduate from Radcliffe College.

  • Helen Keller International (HKI) was founded.

  • Helen made speeches all over the United States to get peopleto improve education for people who are blind and deaf.

  • A movie was made about Helen’s life. It won many awards.

  • Helen Keller suffered from stroke and later retired from public life. She received an award the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson.

  • Helen Keller died at the age of 88 years. She was buried at Washington Cathedral, Washington, D.C.