Helen Keller was born in 1880 and died in 1968, just a few weeks before her 88th birthday. When she was born, she could see and hear, but lost both abilities when she was 18 months old due to a high fever from an unknown illness. At the time she went blind and deaf, few people believed there was any hope that such a person would ever achieve anything significant in life. However, Helen proved that the deaf-blind can learn, graduate from college, write books, affect change in the world — whatever they want to accomplish.
She was respected and admired by presidents (she met every president from Grover Cleveland to John Kennedy), prime ministers (she met Winston Churchill, Konrad Adenauer of Germany, and Jawaharlal Nehru of India), actors, writers, and especially by the blind and deaf people of the world. She traveled the world making speeches, created organizations for the blind, and in support of free speech, starred in a documentary for which she won an Oscar, and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
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