By Ian Langtree+ – 2006-05-18
A list of some famous and well known people with various disabilities and conditions including actors, politicians and writers who contributed to society.
Well Known People with Disabilities
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.
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.
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.
Famous People with 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.
Famous People with 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.
Famous People with 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.
Famous People with 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.
Famous People With 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.
Famous People with 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.
Famous People with 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.
Famous People who Have and Had 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.
Famous People with 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.
Famous People with 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.
Famous People with 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.
Famous People with Schizophrenia – Schizophrenia is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental illness. A person with schizophrenia may show symptoms like disorganized thinking, hallucinations, and delusions.
Famous People – 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.
Famous People who had and have 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.
Famous People with Parkinsons 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.
Famous People who have and had 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.
Famous People with 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.
Famous People with 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.
Famous people with Aspergers 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.
Famous and well known 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.
Famous People with a 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.
Famous People with 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.
Famous People with 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.
Interesting Pictures of Famous Women and Men when they were Younger
Female Celebrities Pictures when they were Younger – See what some of the famous female celebrities such as Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Drew Barrymore looked like when they were much younger.
Pictures of Famous Male Celebrities when Younger – See what some of the famous male celebrities like Tom Hanks, Jean Claude Van Damme, Elton John, and Eminem looked like when they were a lot younger.
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.