There is a lot to learn from the life of Hellen Keller. Hellen Keller was a great humanist. Physically challenged Hellen Keller fought for the rights of the physically challenged.
She was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. After an illness she became deaf and dumb at the age of 19 months. Her parents hired Anne Sullivan, a graduate of the Perkins Institute for the deaf as a teacher. Then Hellen was seven years old. There was a life long bond between the teacher and disciple. At every instance Ann was accompanying her. She was taking Hellen to classes. Kellerjoinéd Radcliffe college in 1900. She was appointed in 1906. She worked in Newyork for state commission for the blind. Macy, Sullivan’s husband accompanied her. Both of them toured widely to raise funds for the blind. Keller launched a campaign against blindness in infants.
In 1924, she engaged herself in social reform movements that included abolition of child labour and capital punishment. She became the spokes person of the American Foundation for the blind. To her misfortune, Macy died in 1936. Thomson became her companion. Hellen continued to be an active part of AFB and she founded reading services and talking books for the blind. She went to South Africa, the Middle East and Latin America for delivering lectures on behalf of the handicapped. She retired from public life after Thomson died in 1960. American president Lyndon Ben Johnson awarded Keller the presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. Keller has written books viz; ‘Teacher: Anne Sullivan Macy’, ‘the story of my life’, ‘the open door’, ‘the world we live in’, ‘out of the dark and mid stream’ – ‘My later life.’ She herself produced two documentary films about her life. They are Deliverance and Hellen Keller in her story.