When I was a child I remember watching the movie, The Miracle Worker about Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan. Heller Keller left a legacy not only to the blind and deaf community but to all of us.
Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.
During the first 18 months of her life Helen Keller was a normal infant who recognized the voices of her father and mother and experienced joy in the usual ways babies do. Then as she later recalled, “came the illness which closed my eyes and ears and plunged me into the unconsciousness of a newborn baby.”
The illness erased not only the child’s vision and hearing but also, her powers of articulate speech. After Helen’s illness, her early childhood days were met with frustration and outbursts of anger.
Things changed for Helen when her family hired Anne Sullivan to teach her.
“The most important day I remember in all my life is the one on which my teacher came to me,” Miss Keller wrote later. “It was the third of March, 1887, three months before I was 7 years old. Anne Sullivan, later dubbed “the miracle worker,” remained Helen Keller’s interpreter and constant companion until Anne death in 1936.
Some of Helen Keller Achievements
She is one of the most influential people of the twentieth century
She enjoyed horseback riding
The first deaf blind person to earn a bachelor’s degree
She published her famous autobiography The Story of My Life
Published 12 books in her writing career
She co-founded Helen Keller International
Keller was a prominent political and social activist
She was a leading member of the American Foundation for the Blind
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Helen Keller is my inspiration.
“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. The wind passes, and the flowers are content.”
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