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A Success Story: Helen Keller & Annie Sullivan
by Pamela Wright
After an illness when she was nineteen months old, Helen was left deaf and blind. She could not speak and developed severe behavior problems.
"The most significant day I remember in all my life is the one on which my teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan, came to me. I am filled with wonder when I consider the immeasurable contrast between the two lives which it connects." - The Story of My Life
While she was a student at Radcliffe, Helen wrote an autobiography, The Story of My Life (1902) with the help of John Albert Macy, her editor. She wrote fourteen books and many articles during her life.
On September 14, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor.
Sources: Wikipedia; Perkins School for the Blind; Answers.com
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