Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880. At 19 months old she contracted an illness, the exact nature of which is unknown that left her completely deaf and blind. After searching for help, the family found Anne Sullivan, a recent graduate of the Perkins Institute for the Blind who helped Keller overcome tremendous barriers with her ability to communicate.
Over the 49-year relationship between teacher and pupil, Keller became a world famous lecturer, author, and activist. In 1984 President Ronald Reagan established Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness week.
In his proclamation he commemorated Helen Keller as “America’s most renowned and respected deaf-blind person. Her accomplishments serve as a beacon of courage and hope for our Nation, symbolizing what deaf-blind people can achieve.”
NOTE: The video/film of Helen Keller with her teacher widely used in media was actually telling the world how a deaf blind person was taught to speak, taking nothing away from Keller, it is now something that modern deaf seem to have issue with, teaching the deaf to oralise ?