Helen Keller: Innumerable People’s Inspiration
When a Door closes a Window opens, but some dumb people used to stare at that close door for so much time, that they to notice window opened. In this type of situation the one who approaches for the opened window rather than closed doors, stay immortal or eternal.
Innumerable people’s inspiration Helen Keller was deaf-blind woman. Helen Keller was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Helen Adams Keller born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her father, Arthur H. Keller, spent many years as an editor for the Tuscumbia north Alabamian, and he also served as captain for Confederate Army (existed during American Civil War). Her mother, Kate Adams was the daughter of Confederate States Army colonel Charles William Adams. She had two young siblings, Mildred Campbell and Phillip brooks Keller. From her father’s previous marries she had two older brother James and William Simpson Keller.
After 19 months of her birth she contracted an illness. The doctor described that illness as “an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain” (scarlet fever or meningitis). The illness made her both deaf and blind. In 1886, Keller’s mother was inspired by an English writer Charles John Huffman Dickens’s American note on successful education of deaf and blind woman, Laura Bridgman. So her mother referred Helen to Alexander Graham Bell, who was working with deaf and blind children at that time. Taking advice from Alexander her mother contacted Perkins Institutes, South Boston. School’s director asked Anne Sullivan to become Keller’s instructor.
In March 1887 Anne Sullivan arrived at Keller’s house, and immediately began to teach Keller. In the beginning it was so hard for Helen to identify the objects and spell it. When Sullivan was trying to teach Keller the word for mug, Keller become so frustrated and she broke the mug. Keller’s big breakthrough in communication came the next month, when Helen realized that the motion, her teacher was making on the palm on her hand, symbolized the idea of “Water” she nearly exhausted Sullivan demanding the name of all other familiar object in her world.
In 1894, Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan moved to New York to attend the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf. In 1896, they returned to Massachusetts, and Keller attended The Cambridge School for Young Ladies before gaining admittance, then later in 1900 she joined Radcliffe College. Her admirer, Mark Twain, had introduced her to Standard Oil magnate Henry Huttleston Rogers, who, with his wife Abbie, paid for her education. In 1904, at the age of 24, Keller graduated from Radcliffe, becoming the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
On January 22, 1916, Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan traveled to the small western Wisconsin town of Menomonie, Wisconsin to deliver a lecture at the Mabel Tainter Memorial Building. Details of her talk were provided in the weekly Dunn County News on January 22, 1916. Keller went on to become a world-famous speaker and author. She is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities, amid numerous other causes. She was a suffragette, a pacifist, an opponent of Woodrow Wilson, a radical socialist and a birth control supporter.
Keller wrote a total of 12 published books and several articles. In 1903, Helen wrote a book about her life. It was called The Story of My Life. The movie The Miracle Worker, made in 1962, was based on Helen’s book.
Her birthplace is now a museum and sponsors an annual “Helen Keller Day“. Her birthday on June 27 is celebrated as Helen Keller Day in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and was authorized at the federal level by presidential proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, the 100th anniversary of her birth.
Keller was awarded with Presidential Medal of Freedom (highest civilian award) by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1965 she was elected to the National Women’s Hall of Fame at the New York World’s Fair.
In 1961 Helen Keller suffered from a series of stroke. Keller devoted much of her later life to raising funds for the American Foundation for the Blind. She died in her sleep on June 1, 1968, at her home, Arcan Ridge, located in Easton, Connecticut.
Helen Keller still affects us today. She reminds us that people with disabilities can do great things.