Helen Keller lost both her sight and her hearing at a young age. She went on to learn how to talk and read. She spent her later life fighting for the handicapped.
Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She was a happy healthy baby. Helen grew up on her family's large farm called Ivy Green. She enjoyed the animals including the horses, dogs, and chickens
Around the age of one, Helen became very sick. She had a high fever and a bad headache for several days. Although Helen survived, she had lost both her sight and her hearing.
A young Helen tried to communicate with the people around her. She realized that she was different and it was extremely difficult to let others know what she needed. She would sometimes throw tantrums, kicking and hitting other people in anger.
Helen's parents contacted a teacher named Annie Sullivan. Annie had been blind, but had her eyesight restored by surgery. Perhaps her unique experience would allow her to help Helen. Annie came to work with Helen in 1887 and would be her companion for the next 50 years.
Annie began to teach Helen words. She would press the letters of words in to Helen's hand. For example, she would put a doll in one of Helen's hands and then press the letters D-O-L-L into the other hand. She taught Helen a number of words. Helen would repeat the words into Annie's hand.
However, Helen still didn't understand that the hand signs had meaning. Then one day Annie put Helen's hand into water coming from a pump and spelled out water into Helen's other hand. Something clicked. Helen finally understood what Annie was doing. An entire new world opened up for Helen. It was one of the happiest days of her life.
Anne taught Helen how to read. Helen must have been very bright and Annie an amazing teacher, because soon Helen could read entire books in Braille.
Imagine trying to learn how to read if you couldn't see or hear. It's truly amazing what Helen and Annie were able to accomplish. At the age of ten Helen could read and use a typewriter.
Helen Keller learned how to talk from Sarah Fuller. Sarah was a teacher for the deaf. By resting her hand on Sarah's lips, Helen learned how to feel sound vibrations and how the lips moved to make sounds.
Helen Keller worked hard to learn to talk and read.
At sixteen years old Helen attended Radcliffe College. Anne attended school with her and helped to sign the lectures into Helen's hand. Helen graduated from Radcliffe in 1904 with honors.
Helen "listening" to the piano by using her hands to feel the vibrations.
During college Helen began to write articles about her experiences being deaf and blind. These articles were later published together in a book called The Story of My Life.
Helen enjoyed watering her plants.
Helen wanted to help others. Here she is meeting President John F. Kennedy.
As Helen grew older she wanted to help other people like herself. She wanted to inspire them and give them hope. She traveled the country giving speeches.
During World War II, Helen visited with wounded army soldiers encouraging them not to give up. Helen spent much of her life working to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities, especially the deaf and the blind.
Helen meeting with President Coolidge.
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