Louis Braille Blinded at age three, Braille created the
Braille system of raised dot patterns.
Tubman Suffered from epilepsy
after assault, led slaves to
freedom with Underground
John Powell Explorer and
geologist who lost his right arm below the elbow during the Civil War.
Juliette Low Founder
of the Girl Scouts, was hearing impaired.
Painter, suffered a shattered right shoulder during WWI.
Dorothea Lange Photographer with
polio, famous for her work during the Great Depression.
Frida Kahlo Mexican
painter who suffered from polio.
Douglas Bader Pilot
and British hero during WWII, had both leg amputated, flew with
Jacobus TenBroek Educator
and disabilities rights activist, was blinded at age 7.
Harold Russell Actor
and disabilities rights activist.
Alicia Alonso Hearing
impaired ballet dancer.
Daniel Inouye Senator
from Hawaii, lost right arm during WWII.
John Gwaltney Blind,
anthropologist, trained with Margaret Meade.
Beverly Butler Blind,
Audre Lorde Poet, civil
rights activist, had breast cancer.
Ed Roberts Disability
rights activist, paralyzed from polio.
Journalist, book critic, author, is deaf.
Wilma Rudolph Olympic
athlete, suffered from polio as a child.
Irving Jordon Educator,
is deaf, became president of Gallaudet University (a university for the
Judi Chamberlin Mental
patients liberation activist, suffers from depression.
Wilma Mankiller Chief of
the Cherokee Nation has Muscular Dystrophy.
Psychotherapist and disability rights activist has cerebral palsy.
Assistant Secretary of Education, uses a wheelchair due to polio.
Susan Nussbaum Actor
and playwright, became a quadriplegic after a car accident.
Journalist, broke his back after a car accident.
Olympic athlete,suffered from asthma.
Athlete, born with spina bifida, repeatedly won wheelchair Boston
Resource: Extraordinary People
With Disabilities by Deborah Kent and Kathryn A. Quinlan