Helen, born in 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, went through the unbearable when she was left blind and deaf due to a devastating illness at 2 years of age. After a decade of struggle and research, Helen’s family met with Alexander Bell, the inventor of the telephone. He recommended the Perkin’s institute for the blind and this is where Helen’s journey truly began, with the acquaintance of Anne Sulivan. Anne and Helen shared a 49 yearlong relationship of friendship, and mentoring.
A NEW BEGGINING
Through Sulivan’s guidance, Helen managed to analyze and interpret her surroundings through sensing touch and vibration. After learning several methods of communication, Helen attended The Cambridge School for Young Ladies, where her story became known to the general public. Hence, she met many influential people including a dear friend, Mark Twain. Due to his resources and connections, Helen’s potential and story was funded to pursue her education at Radcliffe College, where she was accompanied by Anne to interpret text and lectures. Helen at the age of 24 became the first blind and deaf college graduate after having written her first and well renowned book “The Story of My Life”.
A BETTER WORLD
After graduating college, Helen became a well-known celebrity and lecturer, sharing her experiences and working to aid the people with disability. She tackled a multitude of social and political issues, testified before congress as she advocated for the welfare of blind. In 1915 she co-founded Helen Keller International to combat causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition. Later on she was appointed Counselor of international relations for the American Foundation of the Overseas Blind. She traveled to 35 countries in 5 continents between in the span of 11 years. At the age of 75, Helen embarked on a 40,000 mile, 5 month trek across Asia. Through her many speeches and appearances, she brought inspiration and encouragement to millions across the world, leaving a legacy of strife, limitlessness and greatness.
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