New York: Bantam Dell, 1988. Thompson, Gare, and Nancy Harrison. Who Was Helen Keller? New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 2003. Print.
Helen Keller is has changed the hearing, the deaf, and the blind culture. She inspired so many people to push beyond their limits and showed that, even the girl everyone called ‘dumb’ can be more than that. Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama in a small town on the Ivy Green Estate. On July 27th 1880, she was a perfectly normal baby, she could hear, and see. Until she was 19 months old she became very sick with a terrible she lost her hearing and her sight.
(Keller, My Later Life 123)Scarlet fever is now thought to be the culprit that took the young girl's sight and hearing at only 19 months of age (Keller, The Story of My Life 16). In her later years, Keller became a strong political activist, an author, and a lecturer. After overcoming her own impairment, she sought to help others with similar disabilities, concocting speeches and presentations to aid them in their own travels. Almost everyone can tell of how Helen Keller learned ways of communication through her aid and teacher, Annie Sullivan, but not many know of her later years, which I have found to be the most interesting. Another is the American Civil Liberties Union, which involves protecting every US citizens rights.
Helen Keller was born on 27 June 1880 in Tuscumbia, a small town in Alabama, USA. Her father was a retired Confederate army captain and editor of the local newspaper; and her mother was an educated young woman from Memphis. When Helen Keller was 19 months old, she was afflicted by an unknown illness, which was possibly scarlet fever or meningitis which made her blind. Helen Keller was a symbol of courage and hope for all people, with the help of her teachers Anne Sullivan and Polly Thompson she showed people a way to see the light even in darkness. On March 3, 1887, Anne Mansfield Sullivan arrived in Tuscumbia to be Helen Keller’s teacher.
By the end of that day she learned over thirty words (Advocate for the Deaf and Blind…). In 1890 when keller was just 10 years old, she demanded to learn how to speak and communicate with others (Advocate for the Deaf and Blind). Miss Sarah Fuller was her first speech teacher (Advocate for the Deaf and Blind). In 1986 she attended Cambridge School. There she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree after four years of studying (Harvey).
Helen Keller may be the world's most famous supercrip. Very few people can claim to have "overcome" disability so thoroughly and spectacularly. A blind and deaf wild child at the age of 7, she became, by the time she published The Story of My Life at 22, one of Radcliffe's most successful and polished students, fluent in Latin, Greek, German, French and (not least) English--not to mention three versions of Braille (English, American, New York Point) and the manual alphabet in which her renowned teacher Anne Sullivan first communicated with her. But let me dispense with the scare quotes for a moment. Helen Keller is famous--and justly so--precisely because she did, in many respects, overcome the physical impairments of deafness and blindness, as well as the formidable social obstacles facing people with disabilities at the end of the nineteenth century.
Helen Keller was a true American hero, in my eyes. She was born June, 27 1880 in Tuscumbia Alabama. Helens father was in the confederate army, and so was her grandfather on her mother’s side. Coincidentally one of Helen's ancestors was the first to teach to the deaf in Zurich; Helen did refer back to this in one of her autobiography. Helen was born able to see and hear, but by 19 months she became very ill.
Helen Keller was born on June 27,1880 in Alabama to Arthur and Kate Keller. Helen Keller was an American author, lecturer and a political activist. At the age of nineteenth months Helen was diagnosed with an illness called "brain fever" leaving her to be deaf and blind for the rest of her life. Growing up Helen gave her parents problems. She was always breaking and running into things so her parents sent her to a school for the blind.