Disability is a term that is used to describe the weakness of an individual based on their physical or mental health. Disability among individuals can occur either at birth, caused by a mischance, or created after some time.
Table of Contents
- Individuals suffering from Disabilities
- Top 16 Famous Personalities with Disability
- In Summary
Individuals suffering from Disabilities
There are many individuals that suffer from different kind of hardships. However, these hardships shouldn’t be the reason for them to cut themselves out from the rest of the world. This also includes those that suffer from disabilities. It’s not only just normal individuals that suffer from disabilities, even CEOs, artists, athletes etc suffer from it. Mentioned below are some well-known individuals that suffer from different kinds of disabilities.
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Top 16 Famous Personalities with Disability
Stephen Hawking is an English Theoretical Physicist and is well known for his high achievements. He’s known as a celebrity in academics and is a recipient for various appreciations: Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Presidential Medal of Freedom and lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Even though Hawking is suffering from a motor neuron disease, he did not back down and let his dreams slide away. He is a true inspiration for those that suffer from motor neuron disease.
I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. – Stephen Hawking
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt also known as FDR was a U.S. president that was able to help manage the country effectively throughout World War II. FDR is still viewed as an awesome president now and the whole time he was in office. Likewise, FDR was a wheelchair user. During the beginning of his political career, he was contracted with polio as he was drinking water at a campground. He was wound up noticeably starting from the waist. Despite the fact that his illness wasn’t made open until years later as he was afraid of the general society questioning his competency, FDR was an amazing president that proved that paralysis is not a hindrance to being a great leader.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
John Hockenberry is an American columnist and creator. He is a four time Emmy Award Winner and three times Peabody Award Winner. Hockenberry is known to be among the best writers that suffer from spinal cord injury. He has worked with Dateline during the late 1990s that makes him one of the first few journalists to have worked on an American Television Network while being wheelchair bounded. Additionally, he has written a book known as Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence and also has been a part of a radio show known as The Takeaway as a host.
An object imbued with intent — it has power, it’s treasure, we’re drawn to it. An object devoid of intent — it’s random, it’s imitative, it repels us. It’s like a piece of junk mail to be thrown away. – John Hockenberry
Steve Jobs is a well-known name around the world for his great achievements within his field of technology. Jobs is the founder of Apple Inc which designs and builds IPhone, MAC, Apple Computers, Apple TV etc. However, the Apple founder suffers from dyslexic. Even though dyslexia might make it hard for Jobs to read, it still hasn’t been able to stop or slow him down on his aspiration to innovate.
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Ralph Braun is the founder of Braun Corporation that is one of the leading manufacturers for accessible wheelchair vehicles. Braun was an individual that succeeded in bring a change and freedom of mobility for those individuals that suffer from disabilities. Braun himself was born with a muscular dystrophy. The first wheelchair accessible van was created in 1966 as Braun started his career. He created the first accessible minivan and was able to bring his vision forward as hope for other individuals.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven was a music composer by profession. Even though he was deaf, he did not let this come in his way and went onto becoming one of the biggest composers in time. He was under the guide of Mozart and studied Piano. Beethoven is well known for his excellent and uncertain improvisations.
What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven.
Rick Hansen is the founder and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation and an advocate for those individuals that suffer from disabilities. Hansen is known to be a Paralympic athlete and has dedicated his life for disabled individuals so that he can remove barriers from their lives. Hansen suffered from a spinal cord injury and thus was paralyzed from waist down.
My disability is that I cannot use my legs. My handicap is your negative perception of that disability, and thus of me. – Rick Hansen
Helen Keller was an American author, political activist and lecturer. Keller is the first person to have earned a college degree despite being blind and deaf. The Play and Film “The Miracle Worker” is based on Helen Keller that shows various parts of her life that includes her teacher Anne Sullivan who was successful in developing a language that could easily be understandable by Helen. Helen has successfully written 12 published books that also includes her autobiography.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.- Helen Keller
Marlee Matlin is a very successful actress who is deaf. She is an Academy Award and Golden Globe Awards winning actress for her portrayal in the movie “Children if a Lesser God”. Matlin has been deaf since she was 18 months old due to a genetically malformed cochlea. Since her portrayal in the movie, she has been on many TV shows and reality shows.
It was ability that mattered, not disability, which is a word I’m not crazy about using. – Marlee Matlin
John Forbes Nash Jr.
John Nash was a renowned American Mathematician who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Nash started developing signs of schizophrenia after a few years since he was out of college. However, despise his illness he didn’t stop his himself from loving and practicing mathematics. He developed some outstanding geometry and partial differential equations that are still considered as outstanding.
People are always selling the idea that people with mental illness are suffering. I think madness can be an escape. If things are not so good, you maybe want to imagine something better. – John Forbes Nash Jr.
Frida Kahlo was a well-known painter that suffered from polio. Even though she suffered from a physical disability, she didn’t stop from becoming one of the most loved and celebrated painters in Mexico. Kahlo’s painting includes “self-portraits, landscape and figment of imagination”.
I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint. – Frida Kahlo
Marla Runyan is a professional runner that has been suffering from the Stargardt disease since the age of 9. This particular disease left her blind for her entire life. However, this could not stop her from becoming a runner as she arose to become a national champion 3 times in a row in the women’s 5000 meters race. She has been winning various awards, medals and trophies at national and international sporting events.
I think what I represent is achieving what you want in life. It’s a matter of your attitude. Some people have a negative attitude, and that’s their disability.- Marla Runyan
Stevie Wonder is a musician, singer and songwriter that was born blind. The reason for Wonder’s blindness was him being born 6 weeks early that caused his blood vessels not reaching the front. However, this did not stop Wonder from becoming a successful musician. Wonder signed his first album at the age of 11 and has more than 30 U.S. hit songs.
Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.- Stevie Wonder
Christy Brown was a poet, painter and author by profession. Brown suffered from cerebral palsy and until the age of 5 was not even able to respond according to his will. It was only after some time that only his left foot was responsive. He is well-known for his autobiography “My Left Foot”.
was too young to know if my heart misbehaved itself in any way ― Christy Brown,
Bram Cohen suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome. However, his syndrome kept him busy within the “world of patterns, puzzles and computers”. His helped him when he came up an idea of a disruptive technology and created BitTorrent. BitTorrent allows individuals to transfer large sum of information over the Internet. Cohen illustrates how a disability can actually help individuals to do something different and unique from others.
Henry Ford was the first man to build the first practical automobile and also successfully created a middle class in America. He suffered from dyslexia. However, this did not stop him from going forward with his dream.
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.- Henry Ford
Above mentioned are famous personalities around the globe. They are an example for those that tend to give up on their dreams due to different kinds of hardships they suffer, especially those that suffer from disabilities. Individuals suffering from disabilities can take inspiration from these personalities and turn their weakness to their strength. Moreover, these individuals can also apply for disability tax credit which they are entitled too based on the type of disability they suffer from.
Helpful Resources for People Suffering from Disability
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This article is written by Sahar Adeeb & Edited by Rishabh Jain