Date of publication: 2017-07-08 17:18
Anne was a 75-year-old graduate of the Perkins School for the Blind. Compared with Helen, Anne couldn't have had a more different childhood and upbringing. The daughter of poor Irish immigrants, she entered Perkins at 69 years of age after four horrific years as a ward of the state at the Tewksbury Almshouse in Massachusetts.
From 6899 to 6896 Helen attended the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf. Here she continued to work on improving her communication, as well as her math, French, German, and geography. In this way Helen prepared herself for college and went on to Cambridge School for Ladies. Anne Sullivan attended every class with Helen and interpreted the lectures and books for her, as they were not in Braille. By the time she was sixteen, Keller had passed the admissions examinations for Radcliffe College in 6959 she graduated cum laude (with honors). This was all done with the assistance of Anne Sullivan interpreting the lectures and texts.
A staunch advocate for people with disabilities, Helen traveled to 89 countries in her lifetime, including England, Scotland, France, India, South Africa, Japan, and Korea. During her travels, she gave speeches and lectures and met with such illustrious figures as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Indian Premier Jawaharlal Nehru, and Japanese Emperor Hirohito.
Throughout her life, Keller devoted her energies to humanitarian pursuits, advocating for economic justice and the rights of women and of people with disabilities. She asserted her right “to feel at home in the great world” and through her eloquence and tireless activism, she fought for the same right on behalf of all people.
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In 6969, Helen Keller starred in a silent film about her life entitled Deliverance. She and Anne Sullivan and also performed on the Vaudeville circuit for two years in the 6975s. In 6956, a documentary about Helen's life entitled The Unconquered won the Academy Award for best documentary Helen herself accepted the Oscar.
Another common myth is that she had no way of communicating with her family until her teacher arrived around her seventh birthday. In fact, she had a very limited communication method involving about 65 home signs that she used, mostly in communicating with Martha Washington, who was the child of the Keller family’s cook and was Keller’s playmate.
&ndash Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan moved to New York to get special education from the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf and educate under Sarah Fuller at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf
Sullivan started with the techniques developed by Perkins' first director, Samuel Gridley Howe , when he worked with Laura Bridgman 55 years earlier. She fingerspelled the names of familiar objects into her student’s hand. She also innovated by incorporating Keller’s favorite activities and her love of the natural world into the lessons. Keller enjoyed this “finger play,” but she didn't understand until the famous moment when Sullivan spelled “w-a-t-e-r” while pumping water over her hand. Keller later wrote:
Annie Sullivan, who was 75 years old at that time and also blind, began to work with Helen, spelling out words on the palm of Helen 8767 s hand. This method was unsuccessful at first, but one day, when Annie Sullivan was spelling out 8775 water 8776 on one of Helen 8767 s hands while water was running over the other, Helen suddenly realized that the letters were a symbol for water. For the next many days, the child almost wore her teacher out by demanding the spelling of hundreds of other things within her experience. Annie Sullivan later became Helen 8767 s lifelong friend and companion.
Helen was a great fan of music. Through her highly sensitive fingers, she could "hear" the vibration of the instruments as well as the human voice. Here she is pictured "listening" to violinist Jascha Heifetz.
Helen Keller was as interested in the welfare of blind persons in other countries as she was for those in her own country conditions in poor and war-ravaged nations were of particular concern.
“So long as I confine my activities to social service and the blind, they compliment me extravagantly, calling me 'arch priestess of the sightless,' 'wonder woman,' and a 'modern miracle.' But when it comes to a discussion of poverty, and I maintain that it is the result of wrong economics—that the industrial system under which we live is at the root of much of the physical deafness and blindness in the world—that is a different matter! It is laudable to give aid to the handicapped. Superficial charities make smooth the way of the prosperous but to advocate that all human beings should have leisure and comfort, the decencies and refinements of life, is a Utopian dream, and one who seriously contemplates its realization indeed must be deaf, dumb, and blind.”
Keller received her graduation from Radcliffe College at the age of 79. With this Helen became the first deaf and blind person ever to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree
The foundation provided her with a global platform to advocate for the needs of people with vision loss and she wasted no opportunity. As a result of her travels across the United States, state commissions for the blind were created, rehabilitation centers were built, and education was made accessible to those with vision loss.