Helen Keller was an educator and a humanitarian who overcame the adversities she faced in her life. She was born on June 27, 1880, in Alabama. When she was two years old she was stricken by an illness that left her blind and deaf. It was through Alexander Graham Bell, who was working with deaf children then suggested Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston, Massachusetts. It was her teacher from that institute, Anne Sullivan who helped her make progress with her ability to communicate.
She studied regular academic subjects, with the help of Sullivan she Keller wrote her first book, The Story of My Life. In 1904, she graduated and became the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor degree. She founded an organisation that would advocate for people with disabilities. In 1920 she helped found the ACLU and later joined the American Foundation for the Blind where she served as a spokesperson and ambassador for the Foundation until her death.
During her lifetime, she received many honors in recognition of her accomplishments. In 1955 she won an Oscar for a documentary on her life. She passed away on June 1, 1968.