Successful disabled people of all time, have a huge part to play in understanding why any stigma around disability is a sign of ignorance. These people are heroic and brave and achieved so much despite numerous obstacles.
Albert Einstein – March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955
Albert Eisenstein was one of the most successful scientists of the twentieth century and greatest physicist of all time. He had a learning disability but still beat the odds. Until the age of three, he couldn’t speak and was dyslexic and autistic.
As he grew older he had a focus – mathematics. He was a brilliant mathematician and found his place in the world as a theoretical physicist where he revolutionized physics and science for centuries to come. He went on to receive the Nobel Prize for his photoelectric effect on 1921.
Beethoven – December 16, 1770 – March 26, 1827
Beethoven grew up in Bonn, Germany. He had a terrible home life and was forced to play the piano by his father. His father was an abusive drunk who would abuse him for his mistakes. By age twelve, he was looking after his family with the money he earned from playing the organ and composing. He went on to become the greatest pianist of his time. He later became visually impaired but still carried on composing. Beethoven lived a single life as he wasn’t an easy person. His music, however, was absolutely magical.
Frida Kahlo July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954
Kahlo was the first Mexican artist to have her work purchased by major international museum when the Louvre bought her painting, The Frame, in 1939. Her work highlights the female body and indigenous Mexican culture, as well as its melancholic depiction of solitude and loneliness. She had polio at age six and was permanently disabled by a bus accident 12 years later. She kept herself busy to alleviate the pain by painting her first self-portrait.