Over the decades have we witnessed tremendously successful and inspiriting people living with some form of disability. These men and women stand out and achieve where other able bodied people fail. These individuals are inspirational and successful and we look at some here.
Helen Keller – Deaf and Blind
Helen Keller’s profession was activist and lecturer and was one of the first people to receive her Bachelor’s degree in arts. As much celebrated author and activist in America few people even realized her disability.
Marla Runyan – Stargardt’s Disease
At the age of nine this remarkable women contracted Stargardt’s Disease which left her blind. Even though disabled she continued to become a three times champion in women’s 5000 meters races. She continued to perform internationally and nationally and won numerous medals.
Frida Kahlo – Polio
As a professional painter Frida was a celebrated painter and her work includes landscapes and self-portraits.
Sudha Chandran – Amputation
Unbelievable that Sudha was a dancer who lost her right leg and continued to become one of India’s most influential and acclaimed classical dancers.
Beethoven – Deaf
Difficult to believe that one of the world’s best composers was completely deaf.
Vincent van Gough – Mental Illness
One of the world’s best and most admired painters was Van Gough and despite being hospitalized several times suffering from depression painted marvels to be cherished.
Demosthenes – Stammer
After a survived suicide when he was only eleven years old he continued to become one of history’s most admired orators.
Christy Brown – Cerebral Palsy
He was one of the most famed and author, poet and painter with a will to better himself and make a difference.
John Nash – Schizophrenia
Suffering from paranoid schizophrenia John Nash was outstanding and brilliant and became a renowned mathematician.
Stephen Hawking – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Despite his motor neuron disease he rose to become one of the most admired physics scientists.