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Though Helen Keller may no longer be with us, she remains a well-known name in disability advocacy. You've probably heard her mentioned at some point, but you may not know the details behind this legendary lady. Helen Keller became famous for overcoming adversity, and she accomplished a lot in a life that was both challenging and extraordinary.

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1. She Fell Ill as a Child

Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She started speaking at six months and walking at one year. In 1882, Helen contracted a mysterious illness, which doctors at the time called "brain fever." It's speculated that the illness was actually meningitis or scarlet fever. Helen Keller recovered, but the illness left her permanently deaf and blind.

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