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Helen Keller
Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880June 1, 1968) was the first deaf-blind person to graduate from college. She went on to be an accomplished author, activist and lecturer.

Helen Keller was born is Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1880. At the age of 18 months, she came down with an unknown sickness that left her deaf and blind. She remained relatively mute until the age of 7 when Anne Sullivan, a graduate from Perkins School for the Blind, became her teacher.

In 1900, Helen Keller enrolled at Radcliffe College and became the first deaf-blind person to graduate from college in 1904. Anne Sullivan went to college with Helen and tirelessly spelled books and lectures to her pupil.

She went on to become a famous author and wrote "The Story of My Life" as well as 11 other books on blindness, deafness, social issues and women's rights. In 1936, Helen Keller moved to Westport, Connecticut. She died there on June 1, 1968, at the age of 87. [1]

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  1. [ Biography of Helen Keller]. Helen Keller Services for the Blind. Accessed on February 6, 2008.