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Transcript of Helen Keller
Helen Adams Keller
was born in
Tuscumbia, Alabama Due to an illness contracted in
1882, (Which could have been scarlet fever or meningitis)
nicknamed "brain fever"
by the family doctor, she
got a very high body temperature
that left her blind and deaf, at 18 months old. By the time Keller was seven years old, she had made up over 60 signs with her friend, Marthia Washington Keller would throw
kicking and screaming. In 1886, through a visit to a doctor,who lead them to Alexander Graham Bell, who lead them to a director for a deaf school, The Keller family was set up with one of the graduates, Anne Sullivan. Over several years, Sullivan worked with Keller, finger spelling the words while Keller felt her hands. After many tantrums and frustrations, Sullivan finally broke through to Keller. As Sullivan spelled the word water, she poured water from a pump over her hands. Helen then repeated the word, and was finally able to connect the letters to the objects In 1890,when Keller was 18, she attended the Horace Mann School for the deaf in Boston. From 1894-96, she went to Wright-Humason School for the Deaf in New York City
She attended both to improve communication skills In 1896 Keller went to the Cambridge School for Young Women. As she became famous, she started a friendship with Mark Twain, who introduced her to a Standard Oil executive, who payed for her to go to Radcliffe. Sullivan stayed with Keller to interpret She mastered:
finger-spelling After college she:
Discussed the suffragette movement and birth control (along with other topics)
Tried to help blind people, including talking to Congress
Co-founded Helen Keller International to help blindness and malnutrition
Helped found the American Civil Liberties Union (1920) Awards
Theodore Roosevelt Distinguished Service Medal (1936)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964)
Put in Women's Hall of Fame (1965)
Honorary Fellow of the Educational Institute of Scotland. Honorary Doctoral degrees
Universities of Glasgow Scotland, Berlin, Germany, Delhi (India) and Witwatersrand (South Africa) In 1936
died Keller went on several long trips to give speeches "Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it." Between 1957 and 1962, Helen Keller's autobiography "The Story of My Life" had been used to make a t.v. drama, play, and movie, all titled "The Miracle Worker" "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure." After several strokes in 1961, Keller died while sleeping on June 1st, 1968 after staying at home for several years Helen took comfort in the fact that after death, she would finally hear the voice and see the face of her beloved teacher Anne "I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers." Bibilography:
"Helen Keller Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2013.
"Helen Keller Quotes." Helen Keller Quotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2013.
"Quotations by Author." Helen Keller Quotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2013.