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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

Helen was 19 months old when she developed a severe fever which left her blind and deaf. However, she completed her education with her teacher who happened to be her biggest support since childhood. Her teacher, Anne Sullivan taught her letters with the help of real-life situations. Not just that she also taught her how to talk, how to behave. After getting the basics, she also completed her college education using braille. She also becomes the first blind-deaf person to earn a bachelor’s of arts degree.

Here are the snippets of her inspiring journey:

1. Helen not only completed her education but she also learned five languages in her lifetime. Three of the languages were Latin, French and German.

2. Helen her first book while she was in college. She had two of the typewriters by which she used to type books. Her first book was called ‘The Story of my life’. She published a total of 12 books in her career.

3. She founded an organisation ‘Helen Keller International’ in 1915 which was dedicated to inspiring the blind people to read, learn and live life fully. She also supported various deaf-blind programs in her lifetime.

4. An author, speaker and activist Helen was a prominent political and social activist too. She was also the leading member of the American Foundation for blind people.

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Author- Neha Wadhwa

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