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Author Fun Facts: Helen Keller

Hey guys!

Today I decided to do another one of my author fun facts post, and today’s author is Helen Keller. I will admit that I don’t know much about Helen and haven’t read anything that she wrote. I chose her as the author today, because I feel like she is underrated and people need to know more about her,

Let’s get the facts started!

  •  She was born in Alabama on June 27, 1880
  • When she was just 19 months old, she caught a disease that left her deaf and mute
  • Alexander Graham Bell was the one who introduced her family to Anne Sullivan, who would become Helen’s teacher
  • When she was 16 she was able to read Braille, use the typewriter and write
  • She went to collage and graduated cum laude in 1904
  • She was the first deaf blind person to write a book, and during her lifetime she wrote a total of 14 books
  • Helen would communicate with people by touching their lips while they talked or by touching their hands while they signed
  • She was good friends with Mark Twain
  • She fell in love with her male secretary, and even became engaged to him, but when her family found out they forbid the marriage
  • She belonged to the socialist party
  • She traveled the world to be an advocate for people with disabilities
  • She introduced the Akita dog to the United States
  • She wrote a book about the story of her life
  • Helen Keller was a founding member of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
  • Helen Keller was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964 for her work on behalf of those with disabilities
  • She died at the age of 87

I hope you were able to learn more about this amazing author. I know I learned a lot more about her, and can’t wait to start reading some of her books. She is such an inspiration, and although she was blind and deaf, it didn’t keep her from learning how to speak and write. She was a force to be reckoned with and she shouldn’t be forgotten.

If you want to read more about the facts provided above, please visit these websites:

http://www.softschools.com/facts/history/helen_keller_facts/850/

http://mentalfloss.com/article/81472/10-things-you-might-not-know-about-helen-keller

Helen Keller Facts

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