Left blind, deaf, and mute by scarlet fever at age nineteen months, Helen Keller (1880-1968) was taught by Anne Sullivan (1866-1936) to overcome all handicaps. In so doing, Keller showed the world that people with disabilities can lead full lives, make outstanding contributions, and bring hope to everyone. She spent her life writing and speaking on behalf of the disabled and on other social issues such as women's rights and racial equality. Keller earned a degree cum laude in 1904 from Radcliff College. She enjoyed a writing career that spanned fifty years. Her autobiography, The Story of My Life, has been published in over fifty languages.
The Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan stamp was issued in 1980.