Hellen Adams Kellar was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She became ill with
a fever and was robbed of sight and sound when she was nineteen months old.
Helen was taught to communicate by Anne Mansfield Sullivan. Anne Sullivan taught Hellen
the word water but she had forgotton that word. On the same day she learned thirty other
Hellen's parents, Captain Author and Kate Keller, thought alot about improving Helen's situation.
Helen was determined to go to college: "It was my right as well as my duty," Hellen Keller
later said, "to complete my college career so as to demonstrate how doubly handicapped
children could be developed." Hellen prepared at Cambridge for young ladies and began
Radcliffe in 1890. Anne Sullivan spelled book after book to Hellen until she graduated in
1904. She became the first blind-deaf person to graduate from college. Hellen devoted
herself to the service of humanity for the next fifty years.
While still a student Hellen began a writing career. She wrote "The Story of My Life,"