The life of Helen Keller was truly remarkable. In her 87 years, she was able to accomplish and inspire more than any able bodied person can do in their lifetime. She spent her time overcoming great obstacles and it is evident why as a nation we celebrate her.
As her famous story goes, Helen came down with an illness at 19 months old that left her deaf and blind. She had small ways in which she communicated, but it wasn’t until Anne Sullivan was introduced to her, that little Helen learned words. 20 year-old Anne Sullivan met 6 year-old Helen at the Perkins Institute for the Blind, where she herself had been a former student. Sullivan herself was visually impaired and it was with this background that she was able to teach so well.
Helen went on to become a productive member of society. She wrote twelve books, and several articles and frequently spoke publicly and gave lectures. She learned to experience the world in her own special way, and maybe even learned to experience it better than those with all their senses.
Her life has been made into movies, and performed onstage around the world. People draw great inspiration from her. And in 1980, one hundred years after her birth, President Jimmy Carter declared the anniversary of her birthday, June 27th, as Helen Keller Day in the United States.