Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, andlecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. Her birthday on June 27 is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and was authorized at the federal level by presidential proclamation by PresidentJimmy Carter in 1980, the 100th anniversary of her birth. Helen Keller was born with the ability to see and hear. At 19 months old, she contracted an illness described by doctors as "an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain", which might have beenscarlet fever or meningitis. The illness left her both deaf and blind. At that time, she was able to communicate somewhat with Martha Washington, the six-year-old daughter of the family cook, who understood her signs; by the age of seven, Keller had more than 60 home signs to communicate with her family.In 1886, Keller's mother, inspired by an account inCharles Dickens' American Notes of the successful education of another deaf and blind woman, Laura Bridgman, dispatched young Helen, accompanied by her father, to seek out physician J. Julian Chisolm, an eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist in Baltimore, for advice. Chisholm referred the Kellers toAlexander Graham Bell, who was working with deaf children at the time. Bell advised them to contact thePerkins Institute for the Blind, the school where Bridgman had been educated, which was then located in South Boston. Michael Anagnos, the school's director, asked former student
History Autobiography Report
By: Madalyn Butts
Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880
in Tuscumbia, Alabama. In 1882, she fell ill and was
struck blind, deaf and mute. Beginning in 1887,
Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, helped her make
tremendous progress with her ability to
communicate. Anne comes to their household and is
told she has 6 months to live and help Helen as much
as she can. Once Anne begins to work with Helen
she sees that Helen will never be able to learn…
merchant. He was a legend in his own lifetime, especially after an account of his adventures was published in 1784, making him famous in America and Europe.
Helen Hayes was a talented actress with a very successful career. Her career lasted for over seventy years and eventually she earned the nickname “First Lady of American theatre”. Helen was one of the twelve people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. Hayes began a stage career at an early age. She did her first performance…
Lilly was iconoclastic neurophysiologist at the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health who
began studying dolphins in the 1950s. He was the first scientist to posit that there “humans of
the sea” had a language.
“ We wanted to educate them to reveal their cognitive potential,” says Adam Pack of the
University of Hawaii at Hilo, who worked at the lab for 21 years.
Averitable Jane Goodall of the Sea, Denise Herzing has spent the past three decades getting
to know more than 300 individual Atlantic spotted dolphins spanning three generations…