We here the stories of extraordinary people and how they overcame different things in life but today we want to celebrate these amazing individuals that despite their disabilities, did and are still doing great things.
- Stevie Wonder: One of the most beloved musical legends in history who is still alive today, Stevie Wonder is a musician, singer and songwriter who was born prematurely which cause the blood vessels at the back of his eyes that had not yet reached the front to abort their growth causing him to be born blind.That never stopped him. From the young age of 11, Stevie signed with his first record label, Motown’s Tambel label, at the age of 11 and he has been performing ever since. Over his wildly successful music career, Stevie has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits, including his singles “Superstition,” “Sir Duke” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You”. He also has not stopped him from finding love. He has been married 3 times and has 9 children from five different women.
- Yetnebersh Nigussie: At the young age of five, Yetneberah contracted a fever and no amount of “holy water” or traditional medicine in rural Ethiopia was enough to stop her from losing her sight. As far people in her village were concerned, she was cursed and no longer had value as a daughter to bring in a sizeable marriage dowry. Her father eventually left. Nigussie was then sent to a Catholic boarding school for girls with disabilities in the capital Addis Ababa.
Now at the age of 35, She is a human rights lawyers and recently was amongst the 35 winners of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as Sweden’s alternative Nobel prize.
- Stephen Hawking: Stephen is one of the most well-known physicists in the world, and he got this achievement despite being diagnosed with ALS when he was 21.
He can now only speak with the assistance of a computer and has been a full-time power chair-user since the 1980s. His disability still did not stop him from his desire to study the universe, specifically the framework of general relativity and quantum mechanics. His best-selling work, A Brief History of Time, stayed on the Sunday Times bestsellers list for an astounding 237 weeks. He is now also being referred to as the greatest ever on the hit show Big Bang Theory.
- Marla Runyan: At the age of 9, Runyan was struck by macular degeneration in the form of Stargardt’s Disease that lead her to be legally blind. But like everyone that fought no matter the circumstances, her disability did not stop her from being the three time national champion in the women’s 5000 meters race. She was also awarded with 4 gold medals in the 1992 summer Paralympics, a silver medal in shot put and a gold medal in Pentathlon in the 1996 Paralympics.
In the year 2000, she became the first Paralympian to compete in the Olympic Games which was held in Sydney, Australia. After all these achievements, she went on to co-write and publish her autobiography ‘No Finish Line: My Life as I See It’ in the year 2001.
These are just a few of the amazing and extraordinary people who achieved great things despite their disabilities.
What is your excuse?