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February, 1882

After an unknown illness, Helen loses both her sight and hearing.

Summer, 1886

The Keller family meets with Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, who recommends contacting Michael Anagnos, director of Perkins Institution for the Blind in Boston. Captain Keller writes to Anagnos, requesting a teacher for Helen. Anagnos contacts his star pupil and valedictorian, Anne Sullivan, and asks if she is interested in working with Helen.

March 3, 1887

Anne Sullivan arrives in Tuscumbia and begins teaching Helen manual sign language

This is a picture of Anne Sullivan at age 15, several years before she went to live with the Kellers.  This picture was taken while Anne was a student at the Perkins Institute for the Blind.

Anne Sullivan at age 15

Anne Sullivan was Helenís private teacher and companion from 1887 until Anne died in 1936.

Although, Anne had very bad eyesight, she was not completely blind, and she had normal hearing.  Several operations on her eyes helped to restore and maintain her vision.

Anne was Helen's principal window to the world. She had to help Helen get around, and had to finger-spell almost all of the non-Braille books that Helen read, and all tests. She also had to help Helen write letters, answer questions, and would interpret for Helen. As Helen would acknowledge in her book, Teacher ... without Anne, there wouldn't have been a Helen.

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