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A biography of helen keller an american author

Westport, Connecticut American activist for the physically disabled Though both blind and deaf, American lecturer and author Helen Keller 1880—1968 traveled the world over, fighting for improvement in the education and life of the physically handicapped.

Her parents were Captain Arthur H. Keller and Katherine Adams Keller. Her father was a veteran of the confederate army army that fought to separate from the United States during the Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865.

He also was the editor of the local newspaper, the North Alabamian.

Where Was Helen Keller Born?

Helen was born a normal child. She started speaking when she was six months old. By the time she was a year old, she was able to communicate with her parents and she had also learned to walk. When Helen was eighteen months old an illness developed that the doctor described as brain congestion. She ran a high fever for many days, and then the fever was gone.

Helen Keller Biography

Helen was left deaf and blind from the illness. Helen became a very wild, unruly child. She would scream and kick when she was angry and giggle and laugh when happy. She developed many of her own signals to communicate her needs with her parents.

Her early learning When Helen was six, her mother contacted Dr.

Helen Keller

Alexander Graham Bell 1847—1922whom she had heard was working on devices to help the deaf. Bell met with Helen and her parents and suggested that they contact the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston, Massachusetts.

In March 1887 Anne Sullivan 1866—1936a teacher at the institute, came to serve as Helen's teacher. Anne was twenty-one years old and had sight limitations of her own. One month after her arrival, Sullivan had taught Keller the word "water.

From this she understood that objects had names, and that her teacher spelled these names into her hand. This unlocked a whole new world of learning for Helen.

Anne Sullivan was with Helen day and night, constantly spelling into her hand the words and ideas of things going on around them. Helen was a quick learner. In only three years she learned the manual alphabet sign languagethe Braille alphabet an alphabet created by Louis Braille [1809—1852] for the blind that relies on raised dots to communicateand she could read and write. Schools and education Helen wanted to learn to speak, and in 1890 she began taking speech classes at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston.

She worked diligently at learning to speak. After twenty-five years of a biography of helen keller an american author work and practice, Helen was able to speak in a voice that others could understand.

Here she continued to work on improving her communication, as well as her math, French, German, and geography. Anne Sullivan attended every class with Helen and interpreted the lectures and books for her, as they were not in Braille. By the time she was sixteen, Keller had passed the admissions examinations for Radcliffe College; in 1904 she graduated cum laude with honors.

This was all done with the assistance of Anne Sullivan interpreting the lectures and texts.