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Helen Keller Research Paper

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If most people heard the name Helen Keller, they would think of that poor girl who was deaf and blind. They would think of her and remember the stories they heard about how she was taught how to communicate by a teacher named Anne Sullivan. That is probably all they would think about her. How she was world famous because of how she learned to read through Braille, letters pressed into her hand, and how she eventually learned to speak, however, this is not all there is to Helen Keller. It is true that she had great challenges to come because of her disabilities. When she was only 19 months old she became ill with what at the time was called, “brain fever,” and is now thought to have been meningitis or scarlet fever. When she finally recovered,…show more content…
Anne took her out to a well and put Helen’s hands under running water, spelling out the word in sign language into her little hand. From that point on Helen was taught the words for everything and how to sign them herself. She became educated and attended lectures with Anne signing the words into her hand. Keller was a fast learner and, “at the end of their first year together Sullivan was spelling into Keller's nine-year-old hand the works of Homer, Shakespeare, and the Bible.” She eventually graduated a prestigious college with…show more content…
“Helen became an "ambassador for the blind," raising money and lobbying for the sightless. From her first trip to Japan in 1937 until her retirement, she made nine tours around the world and visited 34 countries.” Everywhere she went Helen inspired people with her incredible story and her campaigns for the better treatment of the blind. Keller once said, “‘A person who is severely impaired never knows his hidden sources of strength until he is treated like a normal human being and encouraged to shape his own life.’” The speeches she gave helped people to understand how to treat those with disabilities. It helped them to realize that they are just normal human beings. Keller’s tours around the world greatly improved the lives of people with
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