Helen Keller was an Americanwriter and speaker. She was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1880. When she was nineteen months old she became sick and lost her eyesight and hearing. The doctor didn't know what it was, so he called it a "congestion of the stomach and brain." Some people say that it was scarlet fever or meningitis. She was an obedient and good girl.
When Helen was seven years old, her family decided to find a teacher for her. They wrote to Michael Anagnos, who was the director of the Perkins Institute and Asylum for the Blind. They asked him to help them find a teacher for their daughter. He wrote to them and told them that he knew a young teacher and her name was Anne Sullivan. She had been blind, but a series of operations helped restore her eyesight. Anne traveled to Alabama to live with Helen’s family and to teach her. Anne went to live with the Keller family in March, 1887.
Anne helped Helen to learn how to communicate with other people. She taught her the names of things by writing the words on Helen’s hand. At first Helen didn't understand the meaning of the words. Helen's first word was "water". She learned this word when Anne put Helen's hand under some water and wrote W,A,T,E,R on her hand. Then she learnt the words with this method. In 1890, Helen’s family sent her to the Perkins Institute to learn how to speak and communicate. When she was nineteen years old, Helen went to Radcliffe College in Massachusetts. She graduated from Radcliffe in 1904. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
In 1903, Helen wrote a book about her life. It was called The Story of My Life. The movie The Miracle Worker, made in 1962, was based on Helen's book. She also wrote a book about Anne Sullivan called Teacher. She wrote twelve other books.
Helen tried to help poor people and other blind people during her life. She traveled to over 39 countries with Anne to talk about her life and experiences. When Helen was in Japan, she met Hachiko, a famous Akita. She decided to adopt an Akita, and was the first person to bring an Akita to America.
Helen Keller wanted to get married. She fell in love with her secretary, but her mother didn't allow Helen to marry him. At that time, disabled people often could not marry. Helen Keller died in her sleep on June 1, 1968, at Arcan Ridge in Connecticut.
Hellen Keller Essay
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Imagine what it would be like not being able to see or hear and trying to learn and be a kid. Author and speaker Helen Keller, lived her whole life with this struggle when a high fever left her deaf and blind at nineteen months of age. Take a peek into the life, education, and career of Helen Keller. (American Foundation for the Bind)
Helen Keller didn’t start out with any problems. She was born a healthy child. Then, at nineteen months old she got a really high fever that could have been Scarlet fever, which can cause people to have a very high fever of up to 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. This sickness went away but left her deaf and blind for the rest of her life. (Helen Keller)
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So the school sent her twenty year old, Anne Mansfield sullivan. Who came to Tuscumbia to be her teacher. Anne was a graduate of Perkins school for the blind. Anne herself was blind but through a series of operations regained her sight. Therefore she was able to relate to what Helen was going through. But at first Helen did not know or trust Anne but in time she did and grew really close to her. (American Foundation for the Bind) By the time she was this age Helen used more than sixty signs to communicate with her family. March 1887 when she was almost seven years old, Helen says was one of the most important days of her life. This is when Anne came to teach her. Anne began teaching her with a doll. She let Helen hold the doll in one hand and spelled the word doll into Helens other hand. She wanted to teach her to connect objects with letters. Helen learned very quickly to form letters in order and learned to spell words. Also one time Anne put Helens hand under running water then spelled the word water into her other hand and Helen was able to connect cold and wet and know it was water. Eventually her temper tantrms stopped. Helen learned to read french, german, greek and latin in braille. Helen and Anne were very close and were always together. At the age of ten Helen learned to speak by feeling her teachers mouth when she talked. She was hard for people to understand but she never gave up. (Helen:Anne)
Helen began at Perkins institute for the blind in