Helen Keller's Trace and Impact

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  • Helen Keller's Birthday

    Helen Keller's parents, Arthur and Kate Keller, were raised with Victorian southern beliefs and still thought the Civil War end was no where to be found. When Helen Keller was born, she was healthy and in prime condition (Lawlor 10). Her parents' conservative views would soon alter along with Keller's senses.
  • Keller's Fever*

    Keller is overcome with an intense fever but survives. However, Keller loses her ability to see and hear. Despite her loss, Keller quickly adapts to her situation(Benson 1). Keller proves that she is capable of daily activities and can do nothing but improve herself. *Day is not known.
  • Annie Sullivan Becomes Helen's Teacher

    Desperate for her daughter's well-being, Arthur Keller hires a blind woman named Annie Sullivan to teach her daughter (Lawlor 32). With a teacher who experiences the same hardships as Keller, Helen Keller can learn more about the world around her than if she is taught by her family.
  • Attending to Perkins*

    Helen Keller was absorbing knowledge at a faster rate than Annie's teachings. The Keller family and Anne Sullivan believed that the best course of action was for Helen Keller to attend Perkins Institution for the Blind (Lawlor 55). Keller attending Perkins would compensate for Keller's rapid learning. *Day is not known
  • Thomas Stringer Campaign*

    Diagnosed with spinal meningitis, which took away his ability to see and hear, and born into a poor family, it seemed that Stringer had no hope for an education. Keller sympathized with Stringer and collected enough money to send him to Perkins ("Thomas Stringer Collection Finding Aid" 1). Without Keller's help, Stringer's education would have an education and persue his thirst for knowledge. *Month and day not known
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  • Autumn

    Keller writes Alexander Graham Bell a poem as gratitude to recommending her to Perkins ("Autumn" 1). The fact that Helen Keller could describe such a world with her visual and auditory restrictions strongly exemplifies her perseverance to work with her disabilities and proves herself to be equal to anyone who has no disabilities.
  • Helen Keller Converts to Swedenborgain

    Enticed by John Hitz's "Emanuel Swedenborg" and the high value of love and truth for everyone, Keller immediately converts to the Swedenborgain church ("Helen Keller" 1). As Keller is finding herself, she realized that with hard work, she could prevail through her disabilities.
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  • Graduating Radcliffe

    Against all odds, Helen graduated from Radcliffe College with honors. With her gender and disabilities, however, she was subjected to insults (Lawlor 97). Despite the discrimination, Keller acts as an inspiration for women to attend college to receive an education.
  • Becoming a Socialist*

    Keller joined the socialist movement party and becomes inspired by the strong calls to action (Lawlor 117). The thought of peace and equality spoke to Keller and pushed her to teach others about her beliefs in speeches and movies. *Exact date is unknown
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  • Women's Peace Party*

    Along with 1,500 women, Helen Keller joined with a peaceful protest against World War One (Lawlor 117). The peaceful march had furthered the attention needed for world peace and pacificism. *Exact day is unknown.
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  • Donations to the American Blind Association *

    The American Blind Association was in desperate need of financial aid and asked Keller to collect donations (Lawlor 139). The money would further research for the roots of what makes a person blind, thus lowering the number of the blind. *Full date unknown
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  • Annie Sullivan Dies

    Hellen Keller's long-life companion and teacher, Annie Sullivan, dies in Forest Hills (Lawlor 159). The death of one of her very best friend had taken a toll on Helen Keller. Nonetheless, Keller still continued to do her best for the handicapped community after Sullivan's death, proving her perservernce.
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  • Keller Travels in America*

    Keller spends much time on traveling across America to meet with the newly blind (Lawlor 144). With the presence of Keller brings a sense of relief and self-worth for those who had just been diagnosed as a disabled. *Exact date is unknown
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  • Nancy Hamilton's The Unconqured

    Hamilton's movie "The Unconquered" told the life story of Helen Keller (Lawlor 146-147). Her movie brought awareness of the deaf-blind and Keller's daily struggles.
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  • Helen Keller's Death

    Helen Keller, at eighty-eight years old, dies in her sleep (Lawlor 152). Though she died, Keller's legacy still lives on today.
  • Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968*

    Much of the handicapped community had great difficulty when transporting in and out of buildings. The Architectural Barriers Act states that buildings must modify the building to allow access to the building ("Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968" 1). The act provided the handicapped a sense of daily life and much needed convience. *exact date not known
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  • Education for All Handicapped Children Act*

    The Education for All Handicapped Children provided protection to the adolescence of the Handicapped community with their education rights (Lawlor 155). Education can bring opportunities for the handicapped to raise their low social class. *Exact month and date is unknown
  • The World Health Organization*

    The World Organization had informed the true definition of words such as "disability" and "handicapped" (Sheena 1). Since early 1800's, saying that someone was an "impairment" or "handicapped" was a slur and used incorrectly. The reestablishment of the right definition could stop many profane acts. *Exact month and day is unknown
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  • The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990*

    The Americans With Disabilities Act protected the handicapped from a wide range of discrimination, such as employing for a job and participating in benevolences ("The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990" 1). The handicapped could prove that they hand the skills to complete the necessary tasks.
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  • David Paterson Becomes Governor

    The first legally blind governor in New York City was David Paterson. He fought for the rights of the disabled and many other progressive acts such as same-sex marriage, blood drives, and improving safety in New York City (Schneier 1-2). Paterson's action of becoming governor was due to the radical movements of Helen Keller. With Paterson's strong acts of a leader came the development in a more equal and safe society.
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  • Handicapped Contribution to the Women's March

    Due to their disabilities, many handicaps could not attend the Women's March on Washington. Their rights will be severely affected if the Affordable Care Act is ignored. However, the Handicapped March site allows people with disabilities to contribute to both the Women's and Handicapped's March (Wanshel 1-2). With the Handicapped March website, people with disabilities' voices can be heard and their demand for equality.