ABU(Junior Group) Fine Work
Pakistan Muhammad Hamza (23, Male )
Helen Keller was born on 27th June, 1880 to Arthur H. Keller and Katherine Adams Keller with her senses of sight and hearing. She started speaking when she was just 6 months old and walking at the age of 1.
Loss of Sight and Hearing
In 1882 Keller contracted an illness called scarlet fever or meningitis. Within a few days after the fever broke, Keller's mother noticed that her daughter didn't show any reaction to sound and visuals. Keller had lost both her sight and hearing at the age of 18 months. As Keller grew into childhood, she became very wild and unruly. She would kick and scream when angry, and giggle uncontrollably when happy.
Educator Anne Sullivan
In 1886, Keller's mother met the Director Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston, Massachusetts who suggested Helen work with one of the institute's most recent graduates, Anne Sullivan and so began a 49-year relationship between teacher and pupil. At first, Keller was curious, then defiant, refusing to cooperate with Sullivan's instruction.
In a dramatic struggle, Sullivan taught Keller the word "water"; she helped her make the connection between the object and the letters while Sullivan flush cool water over Keller's hand, she spelled out the word w-a-t-e-r on Helen's other hand. Keller understood and repeated the word in Sullivan's hand. She then pounded the ground, demanding to know its "letter name." Sullivan followed her, spelling out the word into her hand. Keller moved to other objects with Sullivan in tow. By nightfall, she had learned thirty words.
From 1894 to 1896, she attended the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf in New York City to improve her communication skills and study regular academic subjects. In 1896, she attended the Cambridge School for Young Ladies. Later she went on to attend Radcliff College, where Sullivan sat by her side to interpret lectures and texts. By this time, Keller had mastered several methods of communication, including touch-lip reading, Braille, speech, typing and finger-spelling. Keller wrote her first book, The Story of My Life. Keller graduated, cum laude, from Radcliffe in 1904, at the age of 24.
Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Keller tackled social and political issues, including women's suffrage, pacifism and birth control. She testified before Congress, strongly advocating to improve the welfare of blind people. In 1915, she co-founded Helen Keller International to combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition. Keller became a member of American Federation for the Blind in 1924, and participated in many campaigns to raise awareness, money and support for the blind.
Work and Influence
In 1946, Keller was appointed counselor of international relations for the American Foundation of Overseas Blind. Between 1946 and 1957, she traveled to 35 countries on five continents. Through her many speeches and appearances, she brought inspiration and encouragement to millions of people. Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life, was used as the basis for 1957 television drama The Miracle Worker.
Death and Legacy
Keller suffered a series of strokes in 1961, and spent the remaining years of her life at her home in Connecticut. During her lifetime, she received many honors in recognition of her accomplishments, including the Theodore Roosevelt Distinguished Service Medal in 1936, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964, and election to the Women's Hall of Fame in 1965. She also received honorary doctoral degrees from Temple University and Harvard University and from the universities of Glasgow, Scotland; Berlin, Germany; Delhi, India; and Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Additionally, she was named an Honorary Fellow of the Educational Institute of Scotland.
Keller died in her sleep on June 1, 1968, just a few weeks before her 88th birthday.
Lessons learned from Helen Keller:
During her remarkable life, Keller stood as a powerful example of how determination, hard work, and imagination can allow an individual to triumph over adversity. By overcoming difficult conditions with a great deal of persistence, she grew into a respected and world-renowned activist who labored for the betterment of others.
- Go After Your Dreams
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.” Take the limits off, go after your dreams. In the infamous words of Paris Hilton, “life is too short to blend in.” Chase after your dream like it’s the last bus of the night.
- You Must Have a Vision
It’s a terrible thing to see, and have no vision. Great leaders are always great visionaries.
- Nothing’s Impossible
We can do anything we want to do, if we stick to it long enough. The beauty of “time” is that you can accomplish just about anything if you keep at it long enough. Set your mind on what you want to accomplish, and don’t stop until you get there. Stay committed to your dream until you get there.
- Experience is Priceless
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. Knowledge is nice, but experience is priceless. Learn from all of life’s lessons! Never be afraid to get your hands dirty by getting some first-hand experience.
- Focus on the Positive
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. Although we could focus on the negative things around us, it doesn’t do us much good. Helen Keller said, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow.”
While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done. Winners hang-out with winners. Don’t be caught hanging-out with negative people. Negative people are like “vampires,” they suck the life from everything around them. They’re always saying “how you can’t, why you can’t, and how you’re going to fail when you try.” If you hang with these “chickens” for too long, you’ll forget that you have the ability to soar like an eagle. Decide to spend your time with those who believe the impossible is possible.
- Hang-out with Winners
What I am looking for is not “out there,” it is in me. Everything you need to succeed, you already have on the inside of you. Success is yours for the taking, but you have to believe it, and you have to be convinced that you deserve it.
- Your Destiny is in Your Hands
“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” Helen Keller