Who was Helen Keller really?

By Nadia Poseiden     

In the 1900s, Helen Keller was a deaf and blind woman who changed the world for the better. It all started when Helen was 19 months old; she got a fever. People thought she might die, she didn’t, but the fever did cause other problems. One day while her mother was giving her a bath, she noticed when she put her hand in front of her daughter’s face Helen did not even blink. Her Mother prayed she was not blind, unfortunately, she was. Then her mother rang the dinner bell, Helen usually came quickly but that night she kept happily playing. She turned out to be deaf and blind.

 helen-keller-9361967-1-402Helen had tantrums because she did not understand and could not communicate. Due to Helen’s disability, her family let her do whatever she wanted which gave Helen little structure and caused her to become a difficult child to be around. Her family went to doctor after doctor no one could help. Finally, they found a school for deaf children. The school sent a teacher, Anne Sullivan, to help the Kellers with Helen’s education and living skills. Slowly, Helen started to learn. She learned sign language and to read lips. Helen could read several languages in Braille.

Helen was an author, political activist, and lecturer. She became on of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians and even went to college. She went to Radcliffe College in 1900-1904. She was born June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia AL and died June 1, 1968, Easton, CT. With all that happened to her when she was young, she lived a long fruitful life.


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