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.
|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.
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.