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Famous People with Disabilities

  • Synopsis: Last Revised/Updated: 2017-11-16 - Collection of lists of famous and well known people with various disabilities and conditions including actors, politicians and writers who contributed to society

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Collection of lists of famous and well known people with various disabilities and conditions including actors, politicians and writers who contributed to society.

A disability is often used to refer to individual functioning, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various types of chronic diseases.

Have a disability or medical condition? You are not alone. Many people with disabilities have contributed to society. These include actors, actresses, celebrities, singers, world leaders, and many other famous people. Of course there are also millions of people worldwide who may not be famous in the sense society deems famous, but still live with, battle, and overcome their disabilities every single day of their lives.

These lists are a constant work in progress and were created to prove that it is indeed possible to overcome the so called disability barrier. Below you will find in our various categories of disabilities men and women who have made a difference to the world including pictures and the names of many famous and well known people who have, or had these disabilities (often referred to as being crippled, handicapped, or having a handicap in past times.)

List of Famous People with Disabilities

  • Famous People on the Autism Spectrum - Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders (autism spectrum disorders) caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences.
  • Mood Disorders - A mood disorder is a condition whereby the prevailing emotional mood is distorted or inappropriate to the circumstances. Types of mood disorders include depression, unipolar and bipolar disorder.
  • Tourettes Syndrome - The exact cause of Tourette's is unknown, but it is well established that both genetic and environmental factors are involved. The majority of cases of Tourette's are inherited.
  • Spina Bifida - Spina bifida falls into three categories: spina bifida occulta, spina bifida cystica, and meningocele. The most common location of malformations is the lumbar and sacral areas of the spinal cord.
  • Cerebral Palsy - Cerebral palsy (CP) is a term encompassing a group of non-progressive, non-contagious diseases that cause physical disability in human development. There is no known cure for CP.
  • Epilepsy - Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. These seizures are signs of abnormal, excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain.
  • Dyslexia - Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that effects many people, it manifests primarily as a difficulty with written language, particularly with reading and spelling. Dyslexia occurs at all levels of intelligence.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - OCD is a psychiatric disorder manifested in a variety of forms, most commonly characterized by a persons obsession to perform a particular task or set of tasks.
  • Dementia - Dementia is the steady progressive decline in cognitive functions due to damage or disease in the brain beyond what might be expected from the normal human aging process.
  • Hearing Impairments - A hearing loss is a full or partial decrease in the ability to detect or understand sounds. Hearing loss can be inherited If a family has a dominant gene for deafness.
  • ALS or Lou Gehrigs Disease - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and sometimes called Lou Gehrig's Disease, or Maladie de Charcot) is one of the most common neuromuscular diseases occurring worldwide today.
  • Club Feet or Foot - A clubfoot, or talipes equinovarus (TEV), is a birth defect. The foot is twisted in (inverted) and down. It is a common birth defect, occurring in about one in every 1,000 births.
  • Schizophrenia - Schizophrenia is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental illness. A person with schizophrenia may show symptoms like disorganized thinking, hallucinations, and delusions.
  • Speech Differences and Stutter - Stuttering is generally not a problem with the physical production of speech sounds or putting thoughts into words. Stuttering has no bearing on intelligence.
  • Polio - Poliomyelitis, polio or infantile paralysis is an acute viral disease spread primarily via the fecal-oral route. Spinal polio is the most common resulting from viral invasion of the motor neurons of the anterior horn cells.
  • Parkinson's Disease - Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that impairs motor skills and speech. Early signs and symptoms may sometimes be dismissed as the effects of normal aging.
  • Famous People that use Wheelchairs - Well known people who use wheelchairs since birth and later in life. Wheelchairs are used by people for whom walking is difficult or impossible due to illness, injury, or disability.
  • Vision Impairments - Sight Impaired is vision loss that constitutes a significant limitation of visual capability resulting from disease, trauma, or a congenital or degenerative condition that cannot be corrected.
  • Multiple Sclerosis - MS is a debilitating disease affecting the brain and spinal cord. No one knows what causes MS. It may be an autoimmune disease when your body attacks itself.
  • Asthma - Asthma is a chronic condition involving the respiratory system in which the airway occasionally constricts, becomes inflamed, and is lined with excessive amounts of mucus, often in response to one or more triggers.
  • Asperger's Syndrome - People with Asperger's Syndrome are often described, as having social skills deficits, reluctance to listen, difficulty understanding social give and take, and other core characteristics.
  • Amputees - Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma or surgery. A prosthesis is an artificial extension that replaces a missing body part.
  • Cleft - A cleft is a congenital deformity caused by a failure in facial development during pregnancy. The term hare lip is sometimes used colloquially to describe the condition.
  • Meniere's Disease - Meniere's Disease usually affects only one ear and is a common cause of hearing loss. Named after French physician Prosper Meniere who first described the syndrome in 1861.
  • Psoriasis - Psoriasis is a disease which affects the skin and joints. It commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. The scaly patches caused by psoriasis are called psoriatic plaques.
  • List of Physically Disabled World Leaders and Politicians - A list of politicians and world leaders who currently hold or held office while having a significant physical disability.

Other Lists Featuring Famous People

  • Disability Quotes - Collection of Famous Quotes Regarding Disabilities from Well Known People.
  • Famous People who Died Young - Hank Williams died at the age of 29 (Sep17, 1923 - Jan 1, 1953) was a famous American singer, songwriter and musician, and has become an icon of country music and one of the most influential musicians and songwriters of the 20th century.
Latest Famous Disabled Publications
1 - List of Famous People Who Died Young - Ian Langtree.
2 - Famous People Who Have or Had Psoriasis - Ian Langtree.
3 - Famous People Who Have or Had Menieres Disease - Ian Langtree.
4 - Famous People With a Cleft - Ian Langtree.
5 - List of Famous Amputees - Ian Langtree.
6 - Famous People Who Have or Had Asperger's Syndrome - Michelle.
7 - Famous People WHo Have and Had Asthma - Ian Langtree.
8 - Famous People Who Have or Had Multiple Sclerosis - Ian Langtree.
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