The Incredible Helen Keller Provides Some Words Of Inspiration.

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Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880, a normal child. She encountered an illness at 18 months that left her both blind and deaf. The illness was largely undocumented, other than the family doctor calling it "brain fever" since it produced such high temperatures.

Soon after losing her sight and hearing, she lost all forms of communication that she had gained. After years of looking, Keller's mother had finally tracked down an educator who was brought to live with the family and teach the young girl to communicate. Anne Sullivan arrived in March 1887, and so began the 49-year relationship between teacher and student.

Although her biggest frustration was that she did not sound "normal" when she spoke, she became one of the 20th century's leading humanitarians. In 1920, she helped to found the ACLU and, throughout life, received many awards and honors celebrating her accomplishments.