Helen Keller is known for overcoming her disabilities. A childhood sickness left her deaf and blind. With help from her teacher, Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller learned to communicate and grew up to become an inspirational author, lecturer, and political activist.
Born - June 27, 1880
Died - June 1, 1968
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American Foundation for the Blind: Helen Keller
Helen Keller worked for the American Foundation for the Blind for more than 40 years. The AFB is now home to a large collection of Keller’s life works, books, speeches, letters, photos, artifact, and more that can be accessed online.
Helen Keller Birthplace
Helen Keller Birthplace is an informational website dedicated to Helen Keller and her childhood home, Ivy Green. The site contains biographical information, information on the home and property, photos of objects from the home, and more.
Helen Keller Kids Museum Online
“Using text, photographs, quotations, and film footage, The Helen Keller Kids Museum provides a wealth of online information about the life and legacy of Helen Keller, a deafblind woman who changed the perception of what it means to be blind. It traces Helen Keller's life from her childhood and education under Anne Sullivan, to Helen's subsequent education in New York City and Massachusetts.” From the American Foundation for the Blind.
Co-Founding the ACLU, Fighting for Labor Rights and Other Helen Keller Accomplishments Students Don't Learn in School
This article from Time discusses some of Helen Keller’s lesser known accomplishments and activism as an adult and the implications of their exclusion from schools.
Helen Keller Resources and Activities for Kids
A large collection of Helen Keller resources from Garden of Praise that includes quizzes, puzzles, games, worksheets, slideshows, and more.
About Helen Keller for Kids
A brief overview of Helen Keller’s life from Surf Net Kids.
Braille Bug is a children’s learning website designed to introduce kids to Braille. The site has a large collection of games, puzzles, worksheets, stories, and other educator resources.
Helen Keller Archive and Lessons
The American Foundation for the Blind has a large online database of Helen Keller’s records, letters, photos, press clippings, and more. The accompanying lesson plans include “Introduction to Digital and Physical Archives,” “Primary and Secondary Sources,” and “Votes for Women, A Voice for All: Helen Keller, Suffragist.”
Perkins School for the Blind
Helen Keller studied at the Perkins School for the Blind from 1888 to 1892. The School website hosts a large collection of photographs, letters, articles, and other resources for learning about Helen Keller.
Helen Keller Newspaper Coverage
A collection of historical newspaper articles and interviews by and about Helen Keller from the Library of Congress.
Becoming Helen Keller (Documentary)
Becoming Helen Keller is a PBS American Master’s documentary that chronicles Keller's life using archival photos and film and scholar and disability rights advocate interviews.
The Helen Keller You Didn't Learn About in School
Using the Time article “Co-Founding the ACLU, Fighting for Labor Rights and Other Helen Keller Accomplishments Students Don't Learn in School” and related articles and activities, students can learn about disability rights, activism, the American Disabilities Act, and more.
Helen Keller Resource and Activity Book
This 48-page parent and teacher guide is designed to be used with Nest’s Animated Story of Helen Keller, but the resources and activities can stand alone. Inside are worksheets, puzzles, coloring pages, math and word games, sign language and Braille exercises, and more. The guide can be accessed online via the Dripping Springs Community Library website.
America’s Library: Helen Keller
This Helen Keller biographical page for kids from the Library of Congress provides a brief overview and notable stories from Keller's life.