Helen Keller Facts
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Helen Keller Facts

Helen Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer who was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, was able to help her learn and blossom as she started to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. For more information on Helen Keller, see the fact file below.

Name
Helen Adams Keller

Date of Birth
June 27, 1880

Date of Death
June 1, 1968

Place of Birth
Tuscumbia, Alabama

Birth Family
Capt. Arthur H. Keller and Kate Adams Keller

Education
Helen Keller attended the Perkins Institute for the Blind.
She later attended Wright-Humason school for the Deaf and
Horace Mann School for the Deaf.
In 1896, Helen entered The Cambridge School for Young Ladies
and in 1900, she gained admittance to Radcliffe College.

Career
American author, political activist and lecturer

Reason for Fame
Helen devoted much of her later life to raising funds for the American
Foundation for the Blind. President Johnson awarded Helen the Presidential Medal of Freedom
and in 1965, she was elected to Hational Women’s Hall of Fame.

Additional Information
Helen Keller was not born blind and deaf; at nineteen months old
she contracted an illness described as an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain
which could possibly have been scarlet fever or meningitis.
At age 24, Helen was the first deafblind to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Helen was taught the meaning of words, to speak and read by her long-time
teacher Ann Sullivan.