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Helen Keller

Helen Keller in around 1947 A childhood illness left American Helen Keller (1880–1968) blind and deaf. With the help of a remarkable teacher, Anne Sullivan, Helen overcame her disabilities to lead an extraordinary life as a political and social activist, and a strong advocate for blind people all over the world. She learned to lip read by placing her hands on the lips and throat of the speaker, She later went on complete her education, graduating from college with a degree, the first deaf-blind person ever to do so. Her life became the subject of many books, films and plays.

Helen Keller aged 7

Early life

Helen Keller was born on 27th June 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. When she was 19 months old, Helen developed an illness that left her both deaf and blind. As a young child she became immensely frustrated by her inability to communicate, and had wild tantrums. When Helen was six years old, her mother, Kate, read an account of the education of a deaf and blind woman called Laura Bridgman in American Notes by the English author Charles Dickens

Helen Keller was responsible for introducing the Akita dog, a Japanese breed, into the US.

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