Famous People with Disabilities

There was a time when it was thought that persons with disabilities did not have much hope to lead productive lives. Advances in medicine, education, and public awareness of the nature of disabilities have changed that mindset. A key element in the changing of the public’s perception of what disabled persons are capable of has been the openness of celebrities and other famous people about their own disabilities. Some obvious examples are Stevie Wonder, Christopher Reeve, and President Franklin Roosevelt, who spent most of his precedent-setting fourth term in the White House conducting the affairs of our country from a wheel chair.