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Helen Keller: a Deaf-Blind activist

Helen Keller (1880-1968) was an American lecturer, humanitarian and author. She was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She later became blind and deaf at 19 months old due to illness in 1882.

In 1887, Helen's lifelong teacher, Anne Sullivan, began teaching Helen how to spell words into Helen's hand. The first word was DOLL when Anne gave her a doll as a present. Eventually, Helen progressed with learning how to speak, read, and write.

Helen attended the Perkins Institute for the Deaf in 1888, then later the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf in New York City (1894-1896), and the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston (1890).

Helen attended Cambridge School for Young Ladies in 1896 and then Radcliffe College in 1900. Upon graduating, cum laude, in 1904, she was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

During his lifetime, she received numerous honors for her accomplishments as well as she had met famous people, including Mark Twain. She died on June 1, 1968 in Connecticut.

Resources

Keller, Helen with Anne Sullivan and John A. Macy (1903). The Story of My Life. New York, NY: Doubleday, Page & Co. (primary source)

Bibliography.com Editors. Helen Keller Biography. http://www.biography.com/people/helen-keller-9361967