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Helen Keller

  • Happy Birthday Helen!

    Happy Birthday Helen!
    FACTSHelen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her family lived on Ivy Green that Helen's grandfather had built decades earlier. She was not born blind and deaf.
  • Helen Becomes Ill

    Helen Becomes Ill
    Making HistoryS Helen Keller was not born blind and deaf; it was not until she was 19 months old that she contracted an illness described by doctors as "an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain", which might have been scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left the child deaf and blind.
  • Hope for Helen

    Hope for Helen
    More Info Beginning in 1887, Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, helped her make tremendous progress with her ability to communicate. She was reffered to Sullivan by Alexander Grahm Bell who was unable to help her. Her parents were desperate as they wanted to be able to communicate with their little girl.
  • Anne Sullivan

    Anne Sullivan
    PhotosOn March 3, 1887, Anne Sullivan arrived at the Keller household in Tuscumbia, Alabama to work with Helen Keller. She would from then on live with the Keller family. Anne brought a doll for Helen as a gift, but immediately started manually spelling d-o-l-l in her hand.
  • Furthering Her Education

    Furthering Her Education
    BirthplaceStarting in May 1888, Keller attended the Perkins Institute for the Blind. In 1894, Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan moved to New York to attend the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf, and to learn at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf. In 1896, they returned to Massachusetts and Keller entered The Cambridge School for Young Ladies.
  • Furthering Her Achievements

    Furthering Her Achievements
    MuseumNot only was she the first deaf and blind person to earn a college degree Keller went on to become a world-famous speaker and author. She is remembered as an advocate for man things like people with disabilities, amid numerous other causes. In 1915 she and George Kessler founded the Helen Keller International (HKI) organization.
  • Helen's Passing

    Helen's Passing
    From Start to FinishKeller died in her sleep on June 1, 1968, just a few weeks before her 88th birthday. During her remarkable life, Keller stood as a powerful example of how determination, hard work, and imagination can allow an individual to triumph over adversity. By overcoming difficult conditions with a great deal of persistence, she grew into a respected and world-renowned activist who labored for the betterment of others.