By: Sheridan Mercer (09/09/16)
My favorite person from deaf history is Helen Keller. She was an author, political activist and lecturer. She never let her disability get in her way of accomplishing her dreams and doing what she wanted in life.
She was born June 27nd, 1880 in Alabama and died June 1st, 1967 in Connecticut. She went to school at Harvard University and was the first blind-deaf person to get a bachelors degree for arts. She was born able to see and hear but at the age of 19 months, she got an illness which the doctors referred to it as an acute congestion of the stomach and brain. The illness left her both blind and deaf.
As Helen got older, she went on to become on the most famous speakers and authors in the world. She published 12 books and several articles. In 1915, she and George Kessler created the foundation, The Helen Keller International organization, otherwise known as HKI. This organization focused on research for vision, health and nutrition.
In conclusion, Helen Keller is my favorite historical deaf person is Helen Keller because even though an illness took away her ability to see and hear she went on to do big things and didn’t let her disabilities stop her.