Helen Keller’s Life
No one likes to be born with certain disabilities and no one wishes to have one during the phase of maturity. But in both the situations you have to deal the way life is. You cannot change the reality that who you are and your actions determine what you will become. Similar is the description of Helen Keller’s life. She wasn’t born deaf and blind. Her childhood was full of sounds, color and laughter but the dramatic tragedy of her life made her subjected her to the bitter reality of life. But this was Hellen Keller we are talking about who stood up, never allowed her disability to become a liability and made her way to glory.
Helen Keller was born on 27th June 1880 in Alabama. She was perfectly alright till 18 months. When she was 19 months old, she suffered from the acute congestion of brain and stomach which left her both deaf and blind. At that time Helen was able to communicate with Martha Washington who was the six year daughter of the home cook. Later she managed to communicate with her family through different signs.
In 1886, Helen Keller’s mother heard about Laura Bridgman who was suffering the similar way Helen was. So she asked her father to seek advice from a physician in Baltimore named J. Julian Chisolm. He referred them to Alexander Graham Bell (invented the first working telephone). Bell advised Helen’s father to take her to ‘Perkins Institute for the Blind’ which was in South Boston. The school director, Michael Anagnos asked his former student Anne Sullivan to become Keller’s Instructor. Anne was visually impaired but she managed to help Helen with her life. In the beginning she was her teacher, later she became her instructor and then she became her companion eventually.
Anne taught Helen by communicating her through her hand. She spelled out words onto her hand and then giving Helen that similar object to observe through her hands. She taught her the word doll first and she gifted Helen a doll on that occasion. Helen was frustrated in the beginning and she broke a mug while learning to spell and identify a mug. A great progress in Helen’s learning came the second month when Anne taught her to spell out water. It made Helen curious and she was then reluctant to learn other familiar objects of her life. Her formal education institutes were The Cambridge School for Young Ladies and Radcliffe College, also including Perkins Institute for the Blind.
Helen Keller was born with intelligence and striking abilities. She involved herself in social activities in her early 20’s. Her devoting abilities not only helped her achieve her mark but also helped others with same disabilities to come out and express themselves. Her devotion paid off when she was exemplified and known by others through her lectures and writings. Helen wrote many articles and 12 of her books were published. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson and was elected for National Women’s Hall of Fame. She died on June 1, 1968.