Although history, there have been stories about great men and women who have succeeded in carving a niche for themselves and have this engraved their names, acts, and memories in time. That been said, an achievement is even more appreciated if is being produced by a person with an apparent physical disability - for it takes courage for an ordinary man achieve a feat and be successful at a thing, not to mention when he lacks at something or has a form of disability; it then requires more passion for a person with disability to level the fame. People who are limited in one or more major life activities (hearing, seeing, thinking or memory, walking or moving, taking care of personal needs - bathing, feeding, dressing- or living independently) have been described to persons living with disabilities. Disabilities can occur at any stage of life - while some begin at a young age, others are the result of accidents, injuries or simply growing older. Below are inspiring stories of 12 most successful people with disabilities who were able to rise above such disabilities to fame.
Stephen Hawking – ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
Stephen Hawking is a well-known celebrity in academics and recipient of numerous appreciations. Albeit, it wasn’t all a bed of roses for this great cerebral amazon. In 1963 - at the age of 21, Hawking contracted a disease and was diagnosed of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ALS (a form of Motor Neurone Disease), and was given a timeline of two years to live. However, this great physicist went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and an author of A Brief History of Time which is an international bestseller- amongst other books of his. Also, Professor Hawking received over a dozen honorary degrees, was a fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the US National Academy of Science and is still (even after his death earlier this year, 2018) regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. Now, in spite of being wheelchair-bound and dependent on a computerized voice system for communication Stephen continued to combine family life (he has three children and three grandchildren) with his research into theoretical physics, in addition to an extensive programme of travel and public lectures.
Helen Keller - Blind and Deaf
Born June 27, 1880, Helen Adams Keller at 19 months old contracted an unknown illness described by doctors as "an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain", which might have been scarlet fever or meningitis. This illness, however, left her both deaf and blind. However, through the help of her parents and her teacher - Anne Sullivan, Keller became educated and also learned to communicate. Despite her physical challenges, Keller was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree and later became an author, political activist, and lecturer. As a political activist, she was a member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women's suffrage, labor rights, socialism, antimilitarism, and other similar causes. Before her death in 1968, Keller was well-traveled and outspoken in her convictions.
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