Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Alabama, US. She was an American author, disability rights advocate, & social activist.

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Keller contracted an unknown disease when she was 19 months old. Her stomach and brain were both affected by her illness.

As a result of her illness, she suffered from a high fever. However, by God's grace, she survived, but her illness made her deaf and blind.

Keller learned sixty home signs when she was seven years old in order to communicate with her family.

She was also able to differentiate between people just by the vibration of their footsteps.

Later, Anne Sullivan was hired for Helen to teach her about letters, things, good behavior, and also how to talk.

Helen learned the word "water" by feeling the water in her hand. Anne taught her how to speak by placing Helen's hands on her lips & throat so that she could feel the sound.

Helen started attending the Perkins Institute for the Blind in 1888. In 1894, she also attended the Wright-Humason School, which was specifically made for deaf students.

In 1904, Keller passed her graduation from Redcliffe College & also learned 5 different languages. She was the first blind-deaf person to have a bachelor's degree in the arts.

In 1924, Keller started working at the American Foundation for the Blind. During that period, she travelled to 35 different countries and advocated for the blind.

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Keller was also an excellent writer. In her career, she wrote 14 books & more than 100 essays and speeches. She used a Braille typewriter for writing books and articles.

In her autobiography, "The Story of My Life," Helen wrote about his early life, education, and bonding with Sullivan. Later, a film on Helen's life was also released.

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