Keller, Helen Adams (1880-1968), was an American writer and activist for handicapped people. Keller Helen Adams was born June 27, 1880 Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA. Keller Helen Adams is an exceptional illustration of an individual who dominated corporal handicaps. Helen Adams was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. A stern sickness damaged her vision and hearing by the time she was about 2 years old. Due to this, Helen Adams was unable to speak and was completely shunned off from the world. But she ascended on top of her disabilities to become globally famous and to lend a hand of help to handicapped people to live fuller lives.
For approximately five years, Helen Adams nurtured up, as she afterwards said, "wild and unruly". Then Helen's father took her to the renowned scientist Dr. Alexander Graham Bell. He recommended Keller to write down to the Perkins Institution for the Blind in Boston, Massachusetts. Anne Sullivan arrived from Boston to teach her. Sullivan herself had been nearly blind during childhood, but treatment in 1881 and 1887 to some extent returned her sight. Helen Adams stayed with Helen Keller until her death. Then Mary Agnes "Polly" Thomson, who had been Miss Keller's secretary, took over.
Miss Keller won numerous reputations, counting amateur university degrees, the Lions Humanitarian Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and selection to the Women's Hall of Fame. Throughout her existence, Helen Adams was time and again ranked close to the top of "most admired" lists. She died in 1968, leaving a gift that Helen Keller International is proud to carry on in her name and remembrance.
Anne Sullivan was capable to make contact with the girl's psyche through the sense of touch and feel. Anne Sullivan made use of a physical alphabet by which she spelled out words on Helen's hand. Slowly but surely, the child was competent to attach words with objects. Once she understood, her advancement was quick. Within three years, she knew the alphabet and could interpret and inscribe in Braille.
Until she was 10 years old, Helen Keller could converse simply with the sign language of the deaf-mute. Helen Adams decided she would learn to converse and took classes from a trainer of the deaf. By the time she was 16, she could converse well enough to go to a private secondary school and to college. She selected Radcliffe, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, from which she graduated in 1904 with honours. Anne Sullivan stayed with her through these years, construing lectures and class discussions for her.
After university, Helen Keller became anxious with the state of affairs of the blind and the deaf-blind. Despite the broad range of her interests, Helen Keller never lost view of the needs of others who were blind and deaf-blind. Soon after the American Foundation for the Blind was established in 1921 she became a member of the Foundation staff, where she worked until her death in 1968 as counsellor on national relations. She became vigorous on the workforce of the American Foundation for the Blind and of the American Foundation for Overseas Blind. She came out before governing body, addressed people in England, France, Italy, Egypt, South Africa, Australia, and Japan and wrote lots of books and articles. She started the Helen Keller Endowment Fund and asked for finances from prosperous people.
In later years, Helen Keller became particularly paid attention in enhancing situations for the blind in budding and war destroyed nations. A passionate and indefatigable traveller, she addressed on their behalf in more than 25 countries on the five foremost continents. During the period of World War II (1939-1945), Helen Keller worked in the midst of soldiers who had been sightless in the war. Wherever she went, Helen Keller brought fresh courage and guts to blind individuals.
Helen Keller received many awards of immense feature. Her books have been transformed into more than 50 languages. They include
The Story of My Life (1903);
The World I Live In (1908);
The Song of the Stone Wall (1910);
Out of the Dark (1913);
My Religion (1929);
Midstream: My Later Life (1930).
Teacher (1955) tells of Anne Sullivan.
The film Helen Keller in Her Story told the story of her life.