Profile of the Day: Helen Keller
Today we remember Helen Keller, who was bon on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her family lived on a homestead, Ivy Green, that her grandfather had built decades earlier. She contracted an illness at just 19 months, which would leave her deaf and blind for the rest of her life. Unable to see, hear or speak, Helen had very limited means of communication. At the advice of Alexander Graham Bell, Helen’s parents contacted the Perkins Institute for the Blind. They hired Anne Sullivan, a former student of the Institute, to become Helen’s instructor.
Through Anne’s dedicated instruction, Helen was able to learn to communicate with the world around her. She would go on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Radcliffe College and become one of the world’s greatest humanitarians. To this day, her remarkable story continues to remain an inspiration to people all around the world.
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