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Well Known People With Disabilities
Posted in: Conditions/Illness on January 23rd, 2013

Did you know that many well known and famous people live with various disabilities and conditions? If you have a disability or chronic medical condition you are not alone. Familiar persons of past and current infamy live with, battle or have overcome their disabilities every single day. A disability is often used to describe an individual’s functioning, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment and various chronic diseases.

Before They Were Famous

By today’s standards, before many actors, actresses and other famous leaders were well known, they might have earned their living through a Supplemental Security Income or Disability Insurance benefit.  By overcoming the disability barrier, they each have made a difference to the world. They shed light that there are also millions of other people who live each day with a disability but can also be an integral part of society.  Let’s take a look at some people who you may recognize and their condition.

Geri Jewell is most famous for her roles on the television program The Facts of Life and on HBO’s Deadwood. Geri brings to her roles experience of having her behavior and actions misunderstood because of cerebral palsy. Geri Jewell is said to be a pioneer for comedians with disabilities. Dan Ackroyd was diagnosed with Tourette’s as a child, but with help, the symptoms have disappeared with age.  Eric Robert’s (brother of Julia Roberts), is an actor with many leading roles. He recently revealed he still suffers from hearing loss and occasional stutter relapses.  Stephen Hawking, a world-renowned physicist living with Lou Gerhig’s, has defied time and continues his work from a wheelchair. And Michael J. Fox who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, disclosed his condition to the public in 1998.

These people help raise awareness and give hope to many inflicted with the same conditions. However, not everyone is lucky enough to become a celebrity status, but still desire a purposeful life. If a chronic diagnosis prevents you from your goals, a disability attorney can help guide you to financial assistance.


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