Helen Keller was born June 27, 1880. She was born with all her senses of sight and hearing. Keller made great strides as a small child she was talking by the time she was 6 months old and walking at only a year.
In 1882 Helen became sick with an illness that some believe might have been scarlet fever or meningitis. The family doctor dubbed it ‘brain fever’. Shortly after the fever broke Helens mother noticed that her daughter did not respond to sound or the sight of someone waving their hand in her face. Keller was just 18 months old when it was realized that she had lost both her hearing and sight.
In 1886 Keller’s mother started searching for answers about her daughter’s condition. It was then recommended that Helen be taken to see Alexander Graham Bell, who was working with deaf children. After meeting Keller and her parents he suggested that they go to the Perkins Institute in Boston. That is where Keller met Anne Sullivan they became fast friends. Then in 1887 Anne moved to Alabama on the Keller farm and began the long road to teaching Keller to finger spell. Only two short years later in 1890 Helen took a big step in her 25 year long journey to learn and speak. That same year Helen started speech classes at Horace Mann a school for the deaf.
Then six short years later in 1896 Helen Keller started her first year of college. Her story then started to become known to the public, people begun to take interest in her and wanted to help. She meets several famous and influential people such as writer Mark Twain and his good friend Henry R Rodgers.
Henry Rodgers was so impressed with Keller’s drive and determination to learn that he offers to pay for her to attend Radcliff College. In that time with the help of Anne and a man named John Macy Helen Keller wrote her first book, “The story of my life” which gave in site to the story of her journey from the childhood illness that left her disabled to...