A small town known as Tuscumbia, Alabama was reviving from the civil war at the time of a very special birth; for it was the birth of a predominantly well known woman of faith, courage, and uttermost determination. Into the world came Helen Keller; a young, curious baby girl full of adventure and prosperity. This birth took place in a plantation home known as Ivy Green on the date of June 27, 1880 (Lawlor 2001). Helen was loved and admired dearly by her two parents Kate Adams Keller and Captain Arthur H. Keller (Lawlor 2001). Helen was a healthy baby, full of life and excitement. Nineteen month old Helen 's life took a complete spin when she became sick with an abnormally high fever (Feeney 1999). Although Helen overcame the fever, it left her with a loss of senses. The ability to see and hear was robbed from her for the rest of her life. Helen was able to overcome that through: adaptation, the help of a teacher, and gave back to the world through her disabilities.
In the event of Helen overcoming her illness, it was surprisingly unknown to her parents that she lost her eyesight and hearing (Lawlor 2001). Once Helen 's parents became aware of this challenge, determination set in to find help for Helen 's disabilities (Lawlor 2001). "For the next six years they spared no expense taking her to every doctor they could find for treatments that ranged from mineral water spas to special "electric" tests," stated Lawlor. Helen 's parents searched desperately for answers and treatment. Helen adapted to her disabilities with her own techniques, "through touch, smell and taste" ("Helen Keller" Perkins). Helen became aware of how others communicated differently; because of this, Helen be...
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...e, Keller, who could not hear and could not see, proved she could communicate in the world of sight and sound--and was able to speak to it and live in it.” This pathed a way for all individuals with disabilities.
While providing hope and prosperity, Helen gave back a sense of pride and faith that it is possible to live in a world full of differences. She spoke with confidence and demanded change as seen in her strike against war speech. Helen states, “Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction. Be heroes in an army of construction” ("Gifts of Speech - Helen Keller"). She believed in building, constructing, and bettering the people of the world. Helen’s great contributions to the disabled community made it functional to find hope and ability to see past challenges and struggles. As Helen adapted to her disability she also impacted the world around her.
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