It is the desire of every person in this world to perform some extraordinary task. Peoples try their best to do best thing or act during their life. It is normally said that it is a great achievement for any man to perform extraordinary acts but this thing becomes of more importance when this is done in the presence of a major disability.
There are different peoples in the history of mankind who performed extraordinary tasks despite of major disabilities. When someone with a disability is able to overcome all the hardships of life then it becomes a legend and golden history. It takes a lot of strength and a complete no-fear attitude to go as far as these highly successful people with disabilities have. We have selected this article in order to discuss about some great peoples of history who performed extraordinary tasks despite of major disabilities.
1. Sudha Chandran
Sudha Chandran is considered as a golden and great legend of human history. She was born to family in Chennai. She completed the degree of Masters in Economic from Mumbai. She remained one of the most talented students of her university and she also got certain certifications on different achievements. But unfortunately, on one of her return trips from Mumbai to Chennai, she met with an accident that resulted in amputation of her right leg.
After a successful therapy, she was given an artificial leg and after that she did different excellent tasks. She performed different extraordinary tasks despite of this major disability. One of her achievement with this ability includes that she got enough fame after becoming most accomplished dancer of the Indian Subcontinent. She received different invitations from different parts of the world to perform the dance shows in their countries. She received different awards from different organizations on her extraordinary performance.
2. Marla Runyan
She is also included in the list of great peoples with major disabilities. It is said about her that at the age of nine, she suffered from a problem which was considered a form of macular degeneration that left her legally blind. Despite this major diability, she performed different extraordinary tasks. She remained there time national champion in the women’s 500 meters race. There are also different types of research studies on her that shown the fact that she also won four gold medals in the 1992 summer Paralympics.
In 1196 Paralympics, she also won silver in the shot put and gold medal in the Pentathlon. She was also officially declared as first legally blind Paralympian to compete in the Olympic Games that were arranged in Sydney at that time. She has also written her autobiography under the title of “No Finish Line”.
3. Vincent Van Gogh
Mr. Vincent Van Gogh is also included in the list of great peoples of the world with major disabilities. He belonged to an average family and he was a famous Dutch painter. He is also regarded as one of the greatest painters of the world. There are different types of research reports that have clearly shown this fact that his paintings contributed well towards the modern art. He had total portfolio of more than 900 paintings and drawings during his 10 years painting career. Some of his paintings were considered as most expensive paintings of the world. In 1889, he suffered from depression and was admitted to psychiatric hospital. His problem continued to worsen over tine and on July 27, 1890, at the age of 37 he shot himself in the chest. His last words were” the sadness will last forever”.
4. Ludwig van Beethoven
He is regarded as one of the best composers in the history and is also included in the list of great peoples with disabilities. The history also remembers his great tasks in golden words. He gave his first public performance as a pianist at the age of 8 years. At the age of twenty, he gained fame all over the world as a great pianist. In 1796, began losing his hearing. Despite of this problem, he immersed himself in his work and he created some of the music history. He achieved different milestones despite being completely deaf for the last 25 years of his life.
5. Frida Kahlo
She is also included in the list of most inspiring peoples of the world with major disabilities. She is considered as a renowned Mexican painter who created different inspiring and beautiful paintings. It is said about her paintings that most of them being self-portraits which reflected her pain and sorrow. She mainly used different vibrant colors in her paintings that were mostly influenced by the cultures of Mexico. It was also achievement of Frida Kahlo that her work was purchased by an International museum. She suffered from the problem of polio at the age of six and due to this problem her right leg remained thinner than the left. She disguised this problem be wearing long, colorful skirts throughout her life. It has been conjectured that she also suffered from spina bifida, which is a congenital disease that could have affected both spinal and legal development. She also faced immense pain due to these problems but she never compromised on her work.
6. Christy Brown
Christy Brown is also included in the list of great peoples of the world having major disabilities. He was an Irish author, painter and poet who had severe cerebral palsy. He was born in Dublin and he one of the 13 surviving children (out of 22 born) in a catholic family. He was disables by cerebral palsy. He was incapable of any movement for many years due to this problem. Different doctors of that time also considered him to intellectually disable as well. His mother showed great efforts towards her son and she continued to speak to him, work with him and tray to teach him. There are different types of research studies that have shown this fact that one day he snatched a piece of chalk from his sister with his left foot in order to make on mark on slate. At that time, first time in his five years of age, only his left foot responded to his will. At that time, he was able to communicate with the help of his left foot. His autobiography under the title of “My Left Foot” also got sufficient fame across the world.
7. John Nash
He is also included in the list of great peoples of the world with major disabilities. It is said about him that at young age he was interested in different scientific experiments and most of the experiments were carried out him in his room. He got fame due his expertise in mathematics and his work in game theory, differential geometry and partial differential equations are considered as ground breaking. He got the education of chemical engineering, chemistry and mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University. In 1959, John Nash faced a severe problem and many persons claim that this was due to the fact that an organization is against him. In the same year he was admitted to hospital where he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. After initial treatment, he recovered somehow but he remained hospitalized for 9 years where he was also given shock therapy. After treatment of 9 yeas, he returned to home and he started his work with more zeal and zest. He received different awards and recognition including the memorial Prize in Economic Science in 1994.
8. Jean-Dominique Bauby
He is also included in the list of great peoples of the history having major disabilities. He was a well known French Journalist and author and editor of French fashion magazine. In 1995 he felt pain in his heart and after that he faced a severe heart attack. Due to this problem, he remained in coma for 20 continuous days. After getting recovery from this problem, he suffered from a very rare neurological disorder which is known as Locked-in Syndrome. This problem is recognized as the perfect mental state which also remains stable but the body is paralyzed from head to toe. He was only able to move his left eyelid in this situation. Despite of this major disability, he wrote the book, The Diving Bell and Butterfly by blinking when the correct letter was reached by a person slowly reciting that alphabet over and over again. He died just after two days of publication of his book.
9. Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking is also included in the list of most inspiring of the world having major disabilities. He is a British theoretical physicist and has over 40 successful years of meaningful career. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy if Sciences. In 2009, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has written numerous books and his public appearance has made him an academic celebrity.
Unfortunately he is severely disabled by motor neuron disease. This problem has different symptoms in different peoples depending upon the severity of the problem. The symptoms of this problem firstly appeared while he was enrolled at Cambridge and at that time he lost his balance and fell down a flight of stairs. During this critical situation his head hit at the earth. When he was 21 years old, the doctors declared that he would not survive more than two or three years. In 2009, he lost his control over different parts of the body including arms, legs and voice and at the end of 2009 he totally became paralyzed.
10. Hellen Keller
Hellen Keller is also included in the list of great peoples having major disability. She was an American author, political activist and lecturer. There are different types of research reports that have clearly shown this fact that she was the first deafblind person to get Bachelor of Arts degree. She also campaigned for women’s suffrage, worker’s right and socialism. She also helped to found American Civil Liberties Union. She travelled to more than 35 countries.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt is also included in the list of most inspiring peoples of the world having major disabilities. He is considered as famous and beloved U.S president who helped and guided the nation successfully through world war II. During his entire service, he remained all the time in his office. He was a wheelchair user. Upon starting his political career in gusto, he contracted polio while drinking water at a campground and became paralyzed from the waist down. Due to public fear, the news of his disability was kept in secret for several years. Despite his major disability, he served the nation in a memorable manner.
12. Ralph Braun
The list does not end here as it also contains the name of Ralph Braun who was late founder of the Braun Corporation. The Braun corporation is one of the leading manufacturers if wheelchair, accessible vehicles etc. He was also named as “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama. He had born with muscular dystrophy. He started his career in 1996 when he created the first wheelchair accessible van with hand controls. In 1991, due to his untiring efforts, the Braun’s company created first accessible minivan. In addition to this, he also served the nation in different ways.
13. John Hockenberry
He is also included in the list of great peoples with major disabilities. He was an American journalist and author. He won different awards including Emmy Award and Peabody Award. He is considered as the most successful journalist but unfortunately he suffered from spinal cord injury. He is also the author of the book “Moving Violations.
14. Marlee Matlin
She is also included in the list of most inspiring peoples having major disabilities. She was an Academy Award winning actress. She is considered as one of the most successful actress who was deaf. She has been deaf since she was 18 months old due to genetically malformed cochlea. She also received different awards from different organizations including the Golden Globe Award.
15. Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is also included in the list of great peoples with major disabilities. He is considered as one of the most beloved singers of the world. He is a musician, singer and songwriter who was born blind. He has recorded more than 30. U.S top ten hits including his singles “Superstition”, Sir Duke” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You”.
While many people who have disabilities are famous, such as Christie Brown, or Helen Keller, some I these names I did not know. The story of Sudha Chandran is very inspiring and it is good to get to know people like her who have overcome so much.
Many times a disability can leave a person bitter. All of these people have gone on to live great lives. They accomplished so much in spite of their disability.
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sudha chandran was polio effectet but she was good dancer & actor
it is too interesting about their disabilities and we had learn more and we think all of the people had disabilities but some of the people cross them and achieve something to the world and to inspire the people. so, there is nothing to comment them and all the best to the coming people to inspire the people thank u
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just interesting to know the talent hidden in these personalities & its very interesting to know &recognise the talent in you& know how much more marvolous &great our creator is!
we have to learn from these personalities and can understand many more things I heartly salute these people
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i think who are disabled are not just like us an ordinary persons i would say they are greattt and they teaches us how to live so i say they are teachers .
I liked this page .iam thinking that how they maintain
Iwant to say everyone should see this.
A very informative article. The Creator has His own plans with every human being He creates! And when He deprives someone of any one of His blessings He makes up with giving them extra ordinary abilities in other fields. Guess its His kind way of making up!!
I am glad I stumbled upon this piece..very motivating writeup!
Very inspirational people. By hard work they got success. You to should become one of the most inspirational person in the world. By this we can say “every success story has a great failure”.
they were most inspirational people even i to want to become like them.
although we have all the body parts we are just leading a normal life.
and some miser people who are rich will lead dirty and idiotic life.
BUT I’AM NOT LIKE THEM DEFINITELY I WILL BE THE MOST INSPIRING DOCTOR
I am also disable. But I think ” Disabilities is not Inabilities……….”
make disability as a strength to reach or to success your goals . every one of us have disability if we make it as power then no one in earth as power to stop u to reach the goal so be happy and glorious in ur entire life
Very true. would love to know you more. I’m curious as to your kind of impairment. Perhaps we can chat sometime. God bless you.
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I too have disabilities of which I have overcome or am diligently working to over-come. One day in some small way, if it be the Good Lord’s will, I too will contribute something to this world or the community in which I live. People with disabilities are greatly discriminated against in my experience and yet, we are the less bitter about life, engulf every moment, give more of ourselves, and love more freely. We know what it is like to be wrongly judged, so we befriend those who are judged no matter the cause. I want the world to know I hold “No ill will, and I Love You!!!”
I did not have any idea about 80% of those listed here. I’m glad I got to learn about these people today. Being a PWD myself, I created a blog about my congenital defect and about other PWD’s also that I failed to maintain right. This post gave me more inspiration to give it a second chance. Thank you so much.
it is very helpfull
There are several people like the above but their faces remain in the crowd. One thing is sure ‘ Each person has great talent within. The one that realizes and brings out it comes to be recognised by all.
we have all organs but disabilities are lose any one organ but he achievement huts of you, you are great people
Don’t think you are disable and show that you are abled than who have all the organs
Hi disability is not a weakness its god given challenge to strong people (y) because evry day is battle for disable people ,self respect and strong will power was god gifted to them …they are real heros .
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thank u it helped me in my project
Even I hv a disability it does not mean i hv inability