Helen Keller was born in 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She was born a healthy child. Helen was not born deaf or blind. At several months old, she was stricken with a high fever. Then after her fever went down, she was left deaf and blind. Then for the next five years of her life, she was an unmanageable child. Then Annie Sullivan came along and changed her life.
Helen Keller altered the worlds perception of disabled people. One of the major reasons that Helen Keller is famous is because she went to college when she was deaf and blind. Annie initially did not want to help with Helen. However, eventually she agreed to help Helen. The training for college took six long years of working before Helen was ready to attend. Helen showed the world that deaf and blind people could learn to talk and attend school.
Helen went on to write a book called "Teacher" about Anne Sullivan.
In 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded Helen the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. A year later, in 1965, she was elected to the Women's Hall of Fame at the New York World's Fair.