Parenting - Special Needs | 0-18 yrs

Famous Personalities With Disabilities


The World Health Organization (WHO) says ‘Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations.’

Disabilities are of various types and we don’t have to know them all. Instead, what we should try to remember is that, everyone is born with different abilities, that a lack of certain ability doesn’t diminish anyone’s importance, and that greatness is possible despite disability.

In this ClipBook, we honour a few individuals who have achieved significant accomplishments in their fields despite their disabilities. These greats not only serve as inspiration to those who are differently-abled, but also to the those who aren't.


Frida Kahlo De Rivera, 1907-1954

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist, who continues to be a popular icon for her art, especially amongst young women. She got affected by polio when she was six and met with an accident at 18 that severely damaged her spine. While she didn’t let her d...

John F. Nash Jr., 1928-2015

This Nobel laureate has significant contributions not only in the field of mathematics, but also in the field of economics. He developed schizophrenia around the age of 30, which made it much harder for him to continue his research. He persevered ...

Helen Keller, 1880-1968

Hellen Keller became blind and deaf at the age of 8. With the help of a tutor, she was able to attend school and study well. She became the first blind-deaf person to graduate from college in 1904. She published 14 books, and was an advocated acti...

Vincent Van Gogh, 1853-1890

He is a painter who only sold one painting in his life is now revered as one of the best. He not only struggled with his art but also his thoughts. Though he was never officially diagnosed, as psychiatry wasn't as advanced a field back then, he se...

Sudha Chandran, 1965-Present

Sudha Chandran managed to become an accomplished dancer despite becoming an amputee at the age of 14. She didn’t let her artificial leg stop her from pursuing her passion. This has made her an inspirational figure in India.

Ludwig Van Beethoven, 1770-1827

Most of us would have heard Beethoven’s compositions, although we may not have associated it with him. 'Fur Elise’, is one of his most famous compositions. However, not many people know that the composer began losing his hearing ability at the age...

Lady Gaga, 1986-Present

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is more known by her stage name, Lady Gaga. She has gained a lot of popularity due to her eccentric and innovative art in music and fashion. However, it’s not many know that she suffers from a condition called Fi...

Stephen Hawking,1942-2018

One of the most famous physicists of our time, Stephen Hawking has made invaluable contribution to the field of Science. He developed a degenerative condition called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) early in his life, which left him paralysed. ...

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