Birth Family Capt. Arthur H. Keller and Kate Adams Keller
Education Helen Keller attended the Perkins Institute for the Blind. She later attended Wright-Humason school for the Deaf and Horace Mann School for the Deaf. In 1896, Helen entered The Cambridge School for Young Ladies and in 1900, she gained admittance to Radcliffe College.
Career American author, political activist and lecturer
Reason for Fame Helen devoted much of her later life to raising funds for the American Foundation for the Blind. President Johnson awarded Helen the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in 1965, she was elected to Hational Women’s Hall of Fame.
Additional Information Helen Keller was not born blind and deaf; at nineteen months old she contracted an illness described as an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain which could possibly have been scarlet fever or meningitis. At age 24, Helen was the first deafblind to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Helen was taught the meaning of words, to speak and read by her long-time teacher Ann Sullivan.