Biography: Helen Keller (1880-1968)


Biography: Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Early life
Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, on June 27, 1880. She
was the daughter of newspaper editor Captain Arthur Keller and his wife,
Kate Adams Keller. At the age of 19 months, Helen was struck with a severe
illness (called "brain fever" at the time, it may have been scarlet fever)
which left her both blind and deaf. Her deafness made it difficult to learn
to speak.

She invented 60 of her own signs in order to communicate with her family.
Using touch and smell, she explored the world. Her isolation often enraged
her, making her kick and scream in frustration.

Life with Anne Sullivan

At the age of six, Helen's parents took her ...

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Tadoma, is extremely difficult; very few
master it.

Helen had mastered Braille, the manual alphabet and the typewriter by the
age of 10. By age 16, she could speak well enough to go to prep school and
college. In 1888, Helen and her teacher went to the Perkins School for the
Blind, where Miss Sullivan continued to teach her. In 1894 they went on to
the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf in New York, and later to a prep
school, the Cambridge School for Young Ladies.

College

In the fall of 1900, Helen Keller entered Radcliffe College, graduating in
1904 with a bachelor of arts degree cum laude. Anne Sullivan stayed with
her, interpreting class lectures and discussions.

While still at college Helen published The Story of My Life, the first of
three autobiographical books. The book was very successful, allowing her to
buy her own home. It is still available in over 50 languages.

Career

Much of her life was spent delivering inspirational lectures in some 25
countries. She was ...

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