An Overview

Justin Dart, who had Polio, was a leader of the international disability rights movement and a renowned human rights activist. Christopher Nolan, who had written a novel entitled Under The Eye Of The Clock, has a severe case of Cerebral Palsy and types with his headpointer. Billy Golfus, an award-winning journalist, became brain injured in a motor scooter accident ten years ago. Dan Keplinger, who has Cerebral Palsy, paints with his headpointer. Even though Bradley Walker has Muscular Dystrophy, he became a country bluegrass singer. Gaby Brimer, who also had a severe case of Cerebral Palsy, composed a few published novels with her left foot. Kyle Maynard, who has Congenital Amputation, wrote a book entitled No Excuses. Bill Porter, with mild Cerebral Palsy, is a door-to-door salesman. Arthur Campbell Jr., also born with Cerebral Palsy, strongly advocated for his rights. Mattie Stepanek, who was born with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, played his Heart Songs. Ken Kroll, a married gentlemen with Cerebral Palsy, wrote a novel called Enabling Romance. Ed Roberts, who had Polio and lived at home with his mother, was an advocate for people with disabilities. Greg Smith, with Muscular Dystrophy, is currently running The Strength Coach. Although Annette Funicello has Multiple Sclerosis, she still is friends with Mickey Mouse. Christy Brown, another famous author, had Cerebral Palsy as well. He painted and typed with his left foot. Nancy Mairs, who has Multiple Sclerosis, charms the world by writing articles and novels. Stephen Hawkings, a very popular scientist, has ALS and uses a voice synthesizer to give lectures. Although Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali have Parkinson Disease, they are fighting the good fight in the center ring. Christopher Reeve, who became severely physically handicapped from a horse riding accident, inspired other disabled people to keep reaching for the stars. Brooke Ellison, who became severely physically disabled from an automobile accident, is currently earning a PhD from Stony Brook University. Even though Joni Tada became physically disabled from a diving accident, she continued LIVING by getting married, writing a few novels, and promoting her religious beliefs. Richard Pryor, a comedian with Multiple Sclerosis, lit up the sky with his dynamic personality. Although Patricia Neal became physically disabled after having numerous massive strokes, she made a full recovery and returned to her acting career thanks to having a very unusual husband. John Hockenberry, a paraplegic news reporter, makes the public aware that the disabled are people too. John Callahan, a quadriplegic cartoonist, and Geri Jewell, another comedian who has Cerebral Palsy, tells the world, "Folks, did you know that disabled people have the ability to laugh and to make others laugh?" Henry Holden, another comedian who has Polio, also informs the public, "Attitudes are the real disability." Itzhak Perlman, a musician who also has Polio, teaches the world, "Disabled people can certainly dance." Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind, strongly advocated for disabled rights as well as women's rights. And yes, even President Franklin D. Roosevelt had Polio. In short, many other people refuse to let their handicaps interfere with their success.