Hellen Keller

About Hellen Keller

At seven years old, Helen Keller (who had lost her sight and hearing at 19 months) first met her lifelong teacher and companion, Anne Sullivan, who would open the world to her. Keller studied at the Perkins Instutute for the Blind, the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf and the Horace Mann School for the Deaf as well as the Cambridge School for Young Ladies. She graduated from Radcliffe College as a Phi Beta Kappa member at the age of 24, and worked for the American Association for the Blind. Over the course of her life she wrote 12 books and many articles, and traveled to 35 countries. She was a disability rights activist, a suffragist, a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union and was part of the Socialist Party of America, campaigning and writing in support of the working class.