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Remembering Helen Keller

Today is the birth anniversary of the remarkable Helen Keller, the well known American activist, author and teacher. Keller, who was blind and deaf, fought for women's voting rights, labor rights, and other similar causes.

A journey that is all the more amazing given the isolation she grew up in due to the near complete lack of language. Keller was born with the ability to see and hear. When she was less than two years old, an illness left her both deaf and blind. By the age of seven, Keller had more than 60 home signs to communicate with her family. But it was not until a teacher Anne Sullivan came into her life that she was able to communicate fully.

Her birthplace in Alabama, US, is now a museum and birthday is marked as Helen Keller Day in the state of Pennsylvania.

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