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helen keller struggles and successes
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Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880. Keller was born with her senses of sight and hearing. However, in 1882, Keller contracted an illness—called "brain fever" —that produced a high body temperature.The illness remains a mystery today, though some experts believe it might have been scarlet fever or meningitis. After a few days past Keller's mother noticed that her daughter didn't show any reaction when the dinner bell was rung, or when a hand was waved in front of her face. Keller had lost both her sight and hearing. She was just 18 months old.
Looking for answers to her problems, Keller and her father went to Baltimore, Maryland to see specialist Dr. J. Julian Chisolm. After long examination, Chisolm recommended that she see Alexander Graham Bell. Bell, who created the telephone, was working with deaf children at the time. Bell suggested that the Keller's travel to the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston, Massachusetts. There, they met with the school's directo. Michael Anaganos suggested Helen work with one of the institute's graduates. Anne Sullivan had just graduated and was glad to start wrking with Helen to help her over come her struggles.Soon a 49-year relationship between herself and Helen began.
Bad Times Begin
She began by teaching Helen finger spelling. The word "doll," was the first word introduced to Helen. Keller was curious at first, then defiant, refusing to cooperate with Sullivan's instruction. Even when Keller was good, Sullivan could understand that Keller never truly got it. Sullivan kept working at it, forcing Helen to go through the words.
Helen was finally learning new words including water, which was the first word she actually understood. In 1890, Keller began speech classes at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston. From 1894 to 1896, Keller attended the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf in New York City. In 1896, she attended the Cambridge School for Young Ladies, a preparatory school for women. Her story soon became very known to the general public. Keller began to meet famous people. The writer Mark Twain was very impressed with her that he introduced her to his friend Henry H. Rogers, who was a Standard Oil executive. Rogers was so impressed with Keller's talent that he agreed to pay for her to attend Radcliff College. With all this happening Sullivan still stood by her side.
The Struggle Begins
As Keller grew old she developed a small method of communication with her companion, Martha Washington, the young daughter of the family cook. They had created a type of sign language. By the age of 7 Keller and Martha had created more than 60 signs to communicate with each other. During this time, Keller had become very wild and unruly. She would kick and scream when angry. But, when happy she would giggle uncontrollably. She tormented Martha and inflicted raging tantrums on her parents. Many family relatives felt she should be institutionalized.
helen keller struggles & successes
by: caitlyn going & emily adkins
Keller's frustration grew, so the tantrums increased. Sullivan finally asked to be isolated from the rest of the family for a short amount of time. Keller needed more concentrate only on Sullivan's instruction. They moved to a cottage on the plantation.
Communication and Books
Keller had mastered several communication methods, including touch-lip reading, Braille, speech, typing and finger-spelling. With the help of Sullivan Keller wrote her first book, The Story of My Life. It covered her transformation from childhood to 21-year-old college student. Keller graduated collage from Radcliffe in 1904, at the age of 24.
After college, Keller set out to learn more about the world. She wanted to help improve the lives of others. Her story spread through Massachusetts and New England. She was now a well-known celebrity. She wanted to share her story with others with disabilities.
Legacy and Death
Keller suffered a series of strokes in 1961. She lived in her Connecticut home for the remaning of her time. Throughout her lifetime she received many honors in of her accomplishments, including the election to the Women's Hall of Fame in 1965. She also received many degrees from Temple and Harvard University. Additionally, she was named an Honorary Fellow of the Educational Institute of Scotland. Just a few weeks before her 88th birthday, Keller died in her sleep on June 1, 1968. Keller was a hard worker and had an amazing imagination. By overcoming difficult conditions, Keller grew into a respected and world-renowned activist.