A true success story would be someone who has overcome disabilities of all sorts to not only lead a normal life but also has found mega success. Strength, courage and undying spirit are some of the virtues that highly successful people with disabilities have. On the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disablities on December 3rd, here’s a list of some of the biggest success stories:
Stephen Hawking is one of the most well-known physicists in the world, and he was able to achieve that in spite of being diagnosed with ALS when he was 21. His disability however has never been an excuse to give up on his desire to study the universe, specifically the framework of general relativity and quantum mechanics.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
A U.S. president who helped guide the nation successfully through World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a wheelchair-user, is considered a great president. Upon starting his political career in gusto, he contracted polio while drinking water at a campground and became paralyzed from the waist down.
The late founder of the Braun Corporation, one of the leading manufacturers of wheelchair accessible vehicles, and named “a champion of change” by President Barack Obama, Ralph Braun was a man who thrived on bringing the freedom of mobility to people with disabilities.
An American author, political activist and lecturer on the Alabama state quarter, Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to earn a college degree.
One of the most powerful people with a disability to hold public office since FDR, Lenin Moreno was the Vice President of Ecuador from 2007 to 2013, making history and bringing attention to the needs of the disabled people in his country in the process.
Source: The Huffington Post