Helen Keller (Deaf, Blind and Mute Author)

“I seldom think of my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.”

 

Helen Keller

Helen Keller is a well-known American author, lecturer and political activist who was deaf, blind, and mute. These disabilities did not prevent her from pursuing her dreams.

Helen Keller was not born deaf or blind, but when she was 19 months old an illness, which was triggered by meningitis or scarlet fever, left her permanently blind and deaf. Regardless of the resulting limitations, she learnt how to communicate with the help if her instructor Following this, Helen began her formal education at The Perkins Institute for the Blind and had completed a Bachelor of Arts at Radcliffe College by 24 years-of-age.

Helen Keller will always be remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities. As a political activist, she supported the working class and became a member of the Socialist Party and Industrial Workers of the World. She has also been very active in helping to raise money for the American Foundation for the Blind.

As an American author, she published numerous articles and twelve books. The first book she published was The Frost King, at the age of 11. She published an autobiography, The Story of My Life, at the age of 22, which was followed by many more publications.

Later on in her life, she suffered a series of strokes. She was awarded one of the most prestigious honors in the United States, the Presidential Medal for Freedom. Keller is a true inspiration for people with multiple disabilities, as her disabilities never prevented her from living her life to the fullest.

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