Biography Module

Helen Keller:

Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880 and died June 1, 1968. She was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was also the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. This is an significant accomplish in any day in age. The story of Helen Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing Keller to blossom as she learned to communicate. Keller’s birth place was Alabama and her house is now a museum and sponsors an annual Helen Keller day which is on her birthday June 27th. Keller was a member of the Socialist Party of America, she campaigned for women’s suffrage, labor rights, socialism and other similar causes. She was also inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 1971. The most important lesson of all resulting from Helen Keller was that deaf and blind people could all learn to communicate and that they could survive the hearing world. Keller also taught that deaf people are capable of doing things that only hearing people could do in the world. She is one of the most famous deaf people in history and she is an idol to many deaf people in the world. Helen Keller was born with the ability to see and hear. However, in her early childhood, Keller contracted an illness called an acute congestion of the stomach and brain which could have been scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness left her deaf and blind. The only way Keller could communicate was through sign language. That is where her world changed forever and maybe for the best. Keller’s disabilities left her vulnerable from the world but also challenged her to reach for her goals despite what Keller was been through. Helen Keller was extremely successful throughout her lifetime and is a role model for children, adults and people in general to achieve the best despite the disabilities that one has.

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