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Helen Keller

A brief description of her life.
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Sabrina Howland

on 25 November 2012

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Helen Keller Early Life Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama in the year 1880. She was born to her mother Kate, father Arthur, little sister Mildred, and little brother Philip. The Keller family was not particularly wealthy, but they earned their income from their cotton plantation. Helen was a year and a half old when she was diagnosed with scarlet fever. The disease was not curable, and she soon lost both her sight and hearing. It was quickly confirmed that she would not get them back. By: Sabrina Howland EdUcation anne sullivan became her full time teacher. Helen's parents also tried many ways of teaching her normal skills, but with her disabilities, it was almost impossible. It was very hard for anne to teach her simple things, like communication. but with time, helen started making the connection betweeen words and objects. This is a video clip from "The mIracle Worker" which is a film documentary on helen keller and anne sullivan's time together. this shows the moment when helen first pieces together a word and an object. Growing up with such hardships, she became a very strong woman in her adulthood. With the help of anne sullivan, helen gained enough courage to decide to speak out, and make a difference in society. Helen soon attended perkins institute for the blind in 1888 where she met anne sullivan. In 1894, Anne took Helen to new york to attend the wright-humasen school for the deaf. Helen stood up for many things in her lifetime. In 1904 at the age of 24, Helen became the first deaf/blind student to graduate from college. COURAGE For one, she was a suffragist and a pacifist. she opposed all types of war and spoke out against it. Together, helen and anne traveled around the world to over 39 countries to promote these ideas. Helen was a social activist, and spoke out for women's rights. She once said, "I found that poverty drove women to a life of shame that ended in blindness." She even tried to make a difference in the lives of young deaf/blind kids, like herself. She sternly fought for their education rights, and spoke out against placing them in mental assylums. (mental assylums were where people went who had "gone crazy.") this work meant a lot to helen. her main motivation for doing it was to allow kids who struggle with the same things she did to have a much better experience. In the end, Helen helped put a stop to the placing of deaf/blind kids in mental assylums. she was also credited for encouraging the organization of state commissions for the blind. As for helen, she recieved many awards for humanitarian work and wrote many books about her achievements including an autobiography called, "Midstream: My Later Life." Helen Keller died on june 1, 1968 at the age of 87 from natural causes. WORK cited "helen keller." helen keller. N.p., n.d. Web 25 Nov. 2012
<http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/heroes/Helen_Keller.html> "Helen Keller." U*X*L Biographies. detroit: U*X*L, 2003. Gale student
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