Extraordinary People With Disabilities

Vincent Van Gogh was a famous artist well known for his paintings and drawings. His work is one of the most expensive arts sold today. He suffered from depression which worsened over time leading to his death in 1890 when he shot himself in the chest. Steve Hawking is a famous theoretical physicist who was severely disabled by motor neuron disease. The condition started when he was at the brim of his youth and spread over his 40 years career. Despite being almost fully paralyzed, Steve Hawking has brought a lot of developments and theories to the physics world.

Disability: Mental Illness Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch Painter and is regarded as one of the greatest painters the world has ever seen. His paintings have immensely contributed to the foundations of modern art. In his 10 year painting career he produced 900 painting and 1100 drawings. Some of his paintings today are the most expensive: Irises was sold for $53.9 Million and Portrait of Doctor Gachet was sold for $82.5 Million. Vincent Van Gogh suffered depression, and in 1889 was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. His depression worsened over time and on July 27, 1890 at the age of 37 Van Gogh shot himself in the chest. He died two days later. His last words were “the sadness will last forever”.

Stephen_Hawking_StarChildDisability: Motor Neuron disease or a variant of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Stephen William Hawking is a British theoretical physicist, whose world-renowned scientific career spans over 40 years. His books and public appearances have made him an academic celebrity and he is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and in 2009 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Stephen Hawking is severely disabled by motor neuron disease, likely a variant of the disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (or ALS). Symptoms of the disorder first appeared while he was enrolled at Cambridge; he lost his balance and fell down a flight of stairs, hitting his head. Worried that he would lose his genius, he took the Mensa test to verify that his intellectual abilities were intact. The diagnosis of motor neuron disease came when Hawking was 21, shortly before his first marriage, and doctors said he would not survive more than two or three years. Hawking gradually lost the use of his arms, legs, and voice, and as of 2009 was almost completely paralyzed.

Sourced from: http://listverse.com/2010/01/18/top-10-extraordinary-people-with-disabilities/

Sudha Chandran is a famous Indian actress and classical dancer. She got an accident at the age of 16 which led to her leg being amputated. She was then given a prosthetic leg and has since been known as the most popular and acclaimed classical dancers in India. Girish Sharma also lost his leg in a train accident when he was a small boy. In spite of this setback, he is now known as a badminton champion. With only one leg, he plays the game effortlessly beating even normal people. Ever since the accident, he would play and indulge in other outdoor activities without letting his disability hinder him.

Sudha Chandran

This Indian actress and classical dancer needs no introduction. Born in Kerala, this 50-year-old artist met with an accident when she was just 16. Doctors missed a small wound in her ankle and plastered it, which later got infected and there was no alternative left but to amputate her leg. She overcame her disability by getting a prosthetic “Jaipur Foot” and became one of the most popular and acclaimed classical dancers of the country. Having performed Bharatnatyam internationally, Chandran has also been a known figure in the Indian television and film industry. Having received many awards for her amazing talent, Chandran is an inspiration to many!

Girish Sharma

He lost a leg in a train accident when he was a kid. But, this setback in life did not stop him from becoming a badminton champion. He has just one leg which is so strong that he not only plays the game effortlessly but also easily covers the entire court. Ever since he was a kid, he would indulge in outdoor activities with other kids without letting his disability come in the way. Aren’t we super proud of this talented man?

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Henry Wanyoike and Joseph Kibunja is a very inspiring duo from Kenya. They were friends since childhood, running three miles to school every morning and evening. What makes them stand out is their teamwork and cooperation. Wanyoike is blind and Kibunja is his guide. The duo has made highlights in the athletics industry by hitting the finish lines in first position several times.

When Henry Wanyoike and Joseph Kibunja first started running, it was out of necessity. The childhood friends had no other way to travel the three miles from their Kenyan village to school. So they made the barefoot trek every day, in both directions, regardless of weather.

Thirty years later, Wanyoike and Kibunja are still running together, only now, they’re headed to the finish lines of races around the world — and often getting there first.

Although Kenya is known for producing champion runners, the duo stands out: Wanyoike is blind and Kibunja serves as his guide.

Sourced from: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2014/07/09/329865971/this-kenyan-runner-cant-see-but-he-has-a-far-reaching-vision

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