Best Top 10 Successful People with Disabilities

Top 10 Successful People with Disabilities

10. Sudha Chandran

Sudha Chandran is an accomplished Indian actor and dancer. She is a
renowned Bharatnatyam dancer who started performing from the tender age
of three. She met with a bus accident
on her way to Trichy. Although her wounds were not major, since she was
not attended on time, the cut on her right ankle resulted in her foot
getting gangrene. Her foot had to be amputated to prevent the infection
from spreading the body. Her dreams of dancing seemed to have shattered.
But she didn’t lose hope and got an artificial Jaipur leg. Though it
took her three years to walk normally, dancing seemed a distant dream.
She never lost hope though and was ready to perform once again. On her
first performance post the incident, she mesmerized the audience with
her performance and courage. She was reported in the newspapers with the
one who “Lost a foot but walked a mile”. Later, she was offered to play
the lead role in a movie based on her own life for which she won
several awards

9. Sam Cawthorn

Sam Cawthorn is a Australian motivational speaker, author and life
coach. He won the “Young Australian of the year“ award in 2009. In 2006,
he met a fatal accident which was a head-on collision of his car and a
semi-trailer. He was pronounced dead. His heart stopped for three and a
half minutes. After recovery he faced severe injuries including the
amputation of his right arm above the elbow and severe damages to his
right leg. He was pronounced handicap and was told by doctors that he
will have to spend the rest of his life on a wheelchair. However, in
these moments of disparity he remained positive and motivated. With his
sheer will and determination he recovered soon. He believes that “It is
your decision and not condition which determines what you are ” His
prosthetic arm is programmed with his IPhone 5. He is a musician too and
plays guitar. He is one of the few artists in the world who can play
the guitar with an above elbow amputation

8. Ralph Braun

Ralph Braun born in Indiana, USA was the CEO and founder of Braun
Corporation. Braun Corporation provides commercial wheelchair and
accessible vehicles and other equipment for individuals with
disabilities. He was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was six
years old. He created motorised scooter at the age of 20 to help him
move around without any difficulties or support. He also created the
first wheelchair accessible van equipped with platform. He started his
firm, Braun Corporation, known as Save the Step initially which focused
on building moving vehicles accessible by wheelchairs. Braun through his
innovations and creative thinking revolutionized the mobility of people
with disabilities.

7. Arunima Sinha

Arunima Sinha is the world’s first female and India’s first amputee to
climb the Mount Everest. She is also a national level volleyball player.
In an unfortunate accident, while on a train she was pestered by some
miscreants and was thrown by them out of a moving train on tracks when
she tried to resist their action of snatching her gold chain. As she lay
on the tracks  49 trains passed on top of her. In such a dilapidated
condition, she was admitted to the hospital where her leg was amputated
and a rod was inserted in the knee to hold the bones together. Her story
became a media sensation and she became the scapegoat of criticism and
rumors . It was then that she decided that she had to do something to
prove that she was right. She decided to climb the Everest.

6. Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve was an American actor, director, filmmaker and
activist and one of the noted successful people with disabilities. He is
best known for his role as the comic book superhero,
Superman. While filming for a movie, he fell down from a horse which
resulted in a cervical injury paralyzing him from down his neck. After
discovering that he wouldn’t be able to move a body part again, he
became suicidal. But with the love and support of his family and his
determination, he decided to recover. He went to Israel which then had
very good facilities for stem cell research and research in spinal cord
injuries. After traveling through Israel and meeting patients, he
decided to use his name to inform the world more about spinal cord
injuries. He appeared at award ceremonies and traveled through the
country to inform people about disabilities and encourage the disabled.
For his extensive work for the disabled, he was elected as the Chairman
of the American Paralysis Association and Vice Chairman of the National
Organization on Disability.

5. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D Roosevelt
was a American lawyer and politician and also the 32nd President of the
United States. While vacationing in Canada in 1921 (before he became
the President) he was diagnosed with polio and was paralyzed from waist
down. This however did not deter his will of running for the office. He
took various therapies including hydrotherapy for curing polio. During
his campaign he made sure that his disabilities were not highlighted by
the press. His abilities were acknowledged by the US citizens and he was
voted as the President. He introduced various economic reforms and also
led US through the second world war.

4. Helen Keller

Helen Keller was an American author and political activist. Although born as a normal child, at the age of one and a half years, she developed an acute disease which left her deaf and blind.
She was assigned a teacher Anne Sullivan by the director of Perkins
Institute for the Blind. Anne Sullivan became a mentor and life long
companion to Helen and taught her to communicate. With her strong
determination, knack for learning and with the help of Anne, she
graduated from graduated from Radcliffe becoming the first deaf blind
person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She very soon learned to speak
and started delivering lectures. He listened to others by placing her
hand on their mouth and figuring out the words. She also learnt braille
and sign languages.

 3. John Milton

John Milton was a noted English poet and
one of the successful people with disabilities. He traveled extensively
and that reflected in his works. Regarded as one of the most prominent
English poets, his best and most noted work was “Paradise Lost”. His
eyesight was declining for years but in 1654, he became completely
blind. Interestingly, his most acclaimed work. Paradise Lost was written
post this. He had strong views on politics and advocated freedom of
speech and press. He was a role model and an inspiration to a lot of
people and an example of someone who was not deterred by a physical
ailment but continued to deliver his best works even after the crisis of
his life.

2. Nicholas James Vujicic

Nicholas James is an Australian motivational speaker born with a rare
condition called the Phocomelia which is the absence of limbs; both
hands and legs since birth. Ever since he was a child, he was the object
of bullying at school and was demotivated. He however came to terms
with the fact and started functioning independently. Despite all this,
he graduated in Commerce with specialization in financial planning.
Today he is a world renowned motivational speaker who aims at instilling
hope in people helping them to fight their oddities. In 1990 he won the
Australian Young Citizen award and he continues to inspire people
throughout the globe. He is definitely one of the successful people with
disabilities of our times.

1. Stephen Hawkings

Stephen Hawking
is a world renowned English Physicist and author. His noted works and
thesis encompass the area of black holes, many-world interpretations,
cosmology, gravitational waves,
quantum mechanics and general relativity. His most noted book “A brief
history of time” was a best seller. He is afflicted by a rare condition
called the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which steadily has
paralyzed him over the years. He now communicates using a single cheek
muscle attached to a speech-generating device. His physical condition
has never stopped him from achieving laurels and sharing ideas with the
world. His long lists of awards and achievements include the Albert
Einstein Award, Albert Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom to name a

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