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1880 – 1968
Before her second birthday, Helen Keller came down with a case of meningitis that left her blind and deaf. Trapped in a dark, silent world, Helen struggled to learn to speak. With the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, Helen became the first blind-deaf person to communicate with hearing and sighted people. Her remarkable story has been told in the play and film The Miracle Worker, but that’s not where it ends. Keller went on to graduate from Radcliffe College (now part of Harvard University) in 1904, the first blind-deaf person to do so. She traveled to more than 30 countries, wrote 14 books and met every president from Calvin Coolidge to John F. Kennedy.
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