The actual cause for Helen Keller's condition is unknown, but some speculate that it was an illness such as rubella or scarlet fever. Many of her symptoms were referred to as a "congestion" of the brain and stomach. Even though she was physically impaired, Helen was able to learn and lead a productive life.
There is a popular misconception that Helen Keller was born deaf and blind. However, she become ill around 18 to 19 months old. Though she survived the illness, she was left blind and deaf. She also did not speak until she was 10. Helen was a difficult child, but her new teacher Anne Mansfield Sullivan managed to calm her down. Anne, who had poor eyesight, understood the frustration that Helen faced on a daily basis. This led her to find a balance between love and discipline with Helen. Though it took some time, Anne was able to teach Helen to finger spell words onto people's palms. After a few years, Helen expressed her desire to speak, but was never fully satisfied with her voice. Helen eventually attended Radcliffe College and received her Bachelor's degree in the arts; she was the first deaf and blind student to achieve this milestone. Throughout the rest of her life, Helen spent most of her time writing and enjoying life.Learn More
Among Helen Keller's contributions to society were her fundraising and awareness initiatives with the American Foundation for the Blind, her efforts to make Braille the standard system used to write books for the blind, and her work to have blind people included in the government's definition of "disabled," making them eligible for government aid. In addition, Keller radically change public perception regarding what a disabled person could accomplish.Full Answer >
Around the age of 2, Helen Keller became deaf and blind. Keller learned to communicate, read and write when she was 7, thanks to Anne Sullivan. She learned English literature, mathematics, history, Greek, Latin, French and German and graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College. Keller was an author of international renown and helped found the American Civil Liberties Union.Full Answer >
Helen Keller's published books include "The Story of My Life," "Optimism," "The World I Live In," "The Song of the Stone Wall," "Out of the Dark," "My Religion," "Midstream," "My Later Life," "Peace at Eventide," "Helen Keller in Scotland," "Helen Keller's Journal," "Let Us Have Faith," "Teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy" and "The Open Door." "The Story of My Life," her autobiography, was translated into 50 languages.Full Answer >
The most important events in Helen Keller's life were in her early years when she contracted meningitis as a baby and became deafblind, but another important event in her life was her graduation from Radcliffe college in 1904. She was the first deafblind student to graduate from college.Full Answer >