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Helen Keller Timeline
Timeline Description: Helen Keller was an amazing woman who refused to let anything stand in her way even being blind and deaf. She was an inspiration to those around her, and she still is an inspiration today. This timeline tells about her life.

Date Event
1880 Helen Keller is born

Helen was born as a healthy child in Tuscumbia, AL.
1881 Helen became ill with meningitis

When Helen was still a baby she became sick with meningitis. The illness caused her to lose her sight and hearing.
1887 Helen meets Anne Sullivan

Helen's parents knew that Helen needed extra help. They hired a tutor to help her, and the tutor's name was Anne Sullivan.
1887 Helen makes her first signs

Anne taught Helen how to spell words in sign language. Her first signs were "water" and "doll".
1888 Helen begins to make progress

Anne loved Helen, and over the years she taught Helen how to read and write in Braille, a language for the blind.
1888 Helen moves to New York

Anne and Helen moved to New York so Helen could go to a school for the blind. A few years later she also attended a school for the deaf.
1900 Helen goes to college

With Anne's help, Helen was able to go to Radcliffe College. She worked on the school newspaper.
1904 Helen makes history by graduating

Helen was the first blind and deaf person to graduate from college. She had begun writing and publishing books as well.
1924 Helen begins her travels

Helen met many people after her graduation. People everywhere were impressed with her determination, and she was asked to speak at many important events.
1937 Helen travels to Japan

Helen began travelling as far away as Japan. She became close to the people, and they even presented her with a special dog as a gift.
1946 Helen makes an impact around the world

Helen visited over 35 different countries. She spoke on behalf of disabled people, and many governments opened schools for the blind and deaf because of her.
1954 A shrine in Helen's honor

Helen's hometown of Tuscumbia, AL, made her girl-hood home, Ivy Green, a shrine in her honor.
1956 Helen becomes a Harvard Grad

Harvard University gave Helen an honorary degree for all of her accomplishments.
1964 The Medal of Freedom

Helen was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson.
1968 Helen's death

Helen died at the age of 88. Her name and spirit lived on in all the good things that she accomplished. She paved the way for those with disabilities around the world.
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