Helen Keller

Helen Keller (1880 – 1968)

American author, Political Activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.

Quote: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

Biography

Source: history.com

  • Hellen Keller lost her sight and hearing when she was only nineteen months old. In order to communicate, Keller learned finger-spelling, typing, speech, braille and touch-lip reading.
  • Anne Sullivan taught Keller to read and write. The first word she learned was ‘water,’ by running the water through her hands as she spelled out w-a-t-e-r.
  • In college, Keller published her first book, The Story of My Life. Keller graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1904.
  • After college, Keller became a well-known public figure. She became a voice for social and political issues, advocating for the welfare of blind people.
  • Keller traveled to 35 countries on five continents. She continued to make speeches and appearances, bringing inspiration to all the lives she touched.

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