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A shining beam of hope, an extraordinary human being and a significant historical asset. Blind and Deaf Since Infancy, Helen Keller became symbol of courage and of the indomitable human spirit. She went from an undisciplined child with severe challenges to one of the true heroes of the world. Her life as a girl and as a woman became a triumph over crushing adversity and shattering affliction. The first deaf-blind ever to graduate from college and become a successful writer. In darkness, she could discover a new world through the eyes, ears and hands of others. Yes, Helen Keller really made a difference.
The Life of Helen Keller
She was born June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, at a time when deaf-blind people were likely to be consigned to the poor house or asylum and at the time of Helen's birth the family were far from wealthy. Her father was Captain Arthur H. Keller and her mother was Kate Adams Keller.
At the age of 19 months Helen had a fever that left her blind and deaf. The type and cause of the fever and the nature of her ailment to this day remain a mystery. The doctors then called it "brain fever", whilst modern day doctors think it may have been scarlet fever or meningitis.
Helen had begun to make sounds before the fever and had remembered the word "wah-wah" for water. This was a foreshadowing, for water was to be the key to her world of language.
I cannot remember how I felt when the light went out of my eyes. I suppose I felt it was always night and perhaps I wondered why the day did not come. Said Helen Keller
The story behind Helen Keller: Anne Sullivan
A daughter of Irish immigrants, half-blind herself as a child, educated at Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, Massachusetts, A recent graduate of the school. Johanna (Anne) Mansfield Sullivan, also known as Annie and Teacher, was offered the position of tutoress. In March 1887, Annie arrived in Tuscumbia to live with the Kellers.
Many people who mention the name Helen Keller think that she made her glory by her own. But in fact, that lady was inspired by the great companion Anne Sullivan. Anne was one of the main reasons behind all what Helen Keller was and all what she achieved.
"The most important day I remember in all my life is the one on which my teacher came to me," Miss Keller wrote later. "It was the third of March, 1887, three months before I was 7 years old. "