Helen Keller was born in Alabama on June 27, 1880. She died in Connecticut on June 1, 1968.
Helen Keller became blind and deaf at the age of 19 months because of an illness known back then as "brain fever".
Annie Sullivan became Helen's teacher. Anne taught Helen how to communicate using sign language. She would sign letters and words on Helen's palm.
Anne helped Helen learn about the world. She signed everything into Helen's hand.
Helen went to Radcliffe College. She was the first deaf and blind person to graduate from college.
Helen learned how to write and published many books. She also learned how to speak.
Helen wrote 14 books! She also wrote hundreds of news articles and essays. Helen wrote about her love of nature and animals, and helping others.
Later, Helen learned how to read on her own using Braille. She also typed many of her books on a Braille typewriter (keyboard).
Helen also wrote about equal rights for women and people who were deaf and blind. She believed that people in need should be treated equally to those that had money.
Helen traveled the world. Many people wanted to meet her. She gave speeches and started programs for the deaf and blind.
Helen met many important leaders around the world. Important people wanted to hear Helen's ideas.
Helen visited 39 countries! Everywhere she went, she talked about equal rights for women and help for the poor and people with disabilities.
Helen's work changed laws and created programs for the deaf and blind. She also worked to help women get the right to vote!
We remember and honor Helen Keller today for persevering and having courage. She overcame disabilities and worked to help others who were blind and deaf.
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