10 Famous Individuals Who Overcame Disability to Follow their Dreams | ConnectAbility Australia
a person’s identity goes beyond the superficial. Just as we don’t let our appearance define who we are, we can’t let our identities be defined by just one aspect of our lives. disability does not define identity. many people with disabilities face this identity challenge every day. In struggling to accomplish everyday tasks, some people encounter more obstacles than others. It is important for each person not to let obstacles define them and to face challenges head-on. we respect people who face overwhelming obstacles and persevere to follow their passions.
everyone has a dream or a passion. Not all of these are easily achieved to begin with, so taking the first step is often the hardest part of reaching that goal. imagine having a dream that you want to achieve and knowing that you will have to work harder than other people, just to achieve that aspiration. seems unfair doesn’t it? however, many people resist and are well deserving of praise.
10 Famous People Who Didn’t Let Disability Define Them
People with disabilities face many struggles every day and deserve admiration for persevering through their challenges. here are some famous people with disabilities who went after their dreams and passions.
1. stevie wonder
The “Superstition” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” star is widely regarded as one of the greatest living artists today. her piano skills, along with her distinctive voice, have graced many ears. this man is now a living legend and known throughout many generations.
stevie wonder was born premature, resulting in a condition known as retinopathy of prematurity that caused his retinas to detach. his blindness didn’t stand in his way of becoming one of the greatest music icons of all time.
2. stephen hawking
stephen hawking was a physicist who contributed greatly to his field. Aside from all the complicated research he did and contributed to, he also greatly benefited the field of science communication. he made science accessible even to ordinary people and will be remembered as a man who helped enlighten many minds.
Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), which made voluntary movement an extremely challenging task for him, but his condition did not prevent him from becoming one of the greatest minds the world has ever seen. in modern times.
3. nick vujicic
no matter what religion you follow, we cannot deny that christian evangelist nick vujicic is an extremely inspiring person. in fact, his condition helped shape his world view of his, and this has helped many people around the world cope with their own personal struggles.
nick vujicic was born in melbourne with a condition known as tetra-amelia which led to phocomelia. this means that he was born without limbs. The admirable thing about him is that he used his disability to inspire people to lead fuller lives.
4. frida kahlo
frida kahlo de rivera, better known as frida kahlo, was a mexican painter who used her native country as inspiration for her many works of art. People consider her work as a great contribution to Mexican culture and identity.
frida kahlo contracted polio as a child and a subsequent accident caused further physical problems. however, her skill and vision were admirable, and her artwork will forever be a part of Mexican culture and history.
5. Helen Keller
Helen Keller was an American author and is well known for being portrayed on stage and in many screen adaptations. Her books, including her autobiography, have gained international recognition. she remains a prominent literary figure more than fifty years after her passing.
helen keller contracted a disease as a baby, which caused her to lose her senses of sight and hearing. the loss of these two particular senses of hers led her to have great difficulties with language. Her hard work and the help of Ella Anne Sullivan’s teacher led her to become a successful author.
6. andrea bocelli
the music of italian musician andrea bocelli is internationally known. his voice is so different that hearing any line from any of his songs will reveal the fact that he is the one behind the microphone. Apart from being a successful singer, Andrea Bocelli is also famous for writing the music for him.
He was born with glaucoma and suffered an injury during his adolescence that completely deprived him of his sight. His passion and his hard work were more than enough to help him overcome his disability and become a global success.
7. alex zanardi
alex zanardi was an f1 racer who later became an athlete after his legs were amputated due to an accident. His drive to succeed in a different field, after his accident, certainly deserves praise.
8. kitty cone
kitty cone is widely known as a disability activist and has done much to raise awareness of the plight of people with disabilities and help legislators see what changes need to be made. The remarkable thing is that Kitty Cone’s voice has reached far beyond his native country and has been heard on every continent. this has led to increased awareness of disabilities.
9. john nash
john nash was perhaps most famous for his story shown in the movie “a beautiful mind” where he was played by russell crowe. john nash was a mathematician and nobel laureate who struggled with schizophrenia, which made his work in academia extremely challenging. however, he learned to live with his condition and remained the brilliant sage that he was.
10. henry lawson
henry lawson was one of the most famous australian poets. His stories and poems are a staple in schools around the world, and his works are likely to remain classics for a long time. Henry Lawson lost his hearing due to an ear infection during his teens, but went on to become one of Australia’s most famous writers.
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