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Inspirational Stories*

From those that have conquered having a disability...

Sports Performers/Entertainers Actresses/Actors Everyday people fighting disabilities

Christopher Joseph Burke

 

Patty Duke

 

Susan Hamshire

 
 
 
   
     

 

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Terry Bradshaw
Accomplishments:

  • All American
  • Four Superbowls
  • Superbowl MVP
  • NFL Most Valuable Player of the Year  

Disability:

  • Learning Disability: Dyslexia
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

 

  Justin Timberlake

Accomplishments:

  • Member of the Mickey Mouse Club
  • Member of famous boy band NSYNC with 4 successful album releases
  • Successful released two solo albums

Disability:

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity- Disorder (ADHD)
  Tom Cruise

Best Known For:

  • Risky Business (1983)
  • Top gun (1986)
  • Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • Mission Impossible (1996,200,2006)

Disability:

    • Learning Disability – Dyslexia
  Jason McElwain
  • Diagnosed with autism at the age of two.
  • Didn’t talk until he was five years old
  • Acted as basketball team manager while in high school.
  • During the last game of his high school career, the coach suited him up to play.
    • He played the final four minutes of the game.
    • Scored 20 points, and hit six three pointers.
 
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Babe Ruth
Accomplishments:

  • Held record of 60 home runs in 1960
  • Most years leading a lead in home runs
  • Most total bases in a season
  • Highest slugging percentage for a season
  • One of the first five players elected to the Hall of Fame

Disability:

  • Learning Disability: Dyslexia
  Cher

Accomplishments:

  • Academy Award winner
  • Grammy Award winner
  • Emmy Award winner
  • Winner of three Golden Globe Awards
  • Honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Disability:

  • Learning Disability- dyslexia
  Whoopi Goldberg

Best Known For/Accomplishments:

  • Winner of Oscar
  • Emmy Award winner
  • Golden Globe winner
  • People’s Choice Award winner
  • NAACP Award winner

Disability:

    • Learning Disability- Dyslexia
  Jessica Albright
    • Born in Morgantown, West Virginia.
    • Diagnosed with a learning disability.
    • Helped to design this website.
    • Achieved a degree in Psychology.
    • Wants to be a counselor helping children with emotional and family relationship issues.
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Magic Johnson
Accomplishments:

  • 5 Championships with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • First rookie to start in an NBA all-star game

Disability:

  • Learning Disability: Dyslexia

 

 

  Jewel

Accomplishments:

  • Three Grammy Award nominations
  • Sold 30 million albums worldwide and almost 20 million in the United States alone.
  • Album, The Pieces of You Album, became one of the best selling debut albums of all time
    • Went platinum twelve times.

Disability:

    • Learning Disability - dyslexia
  Christopher Joseph Burke

Best Known For:

  • ABC movie “Desperate”
  • Life Goes On
  • Touched by an Angel

Disability:

  • Down's Syndrome
   
 
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Billy Blanks

Accomplishments:

  • Seven time world Karate champion
  • Seventh degree black belt in Tae-Kwon Do
  • Captain of U.S. Olympic Karate team
  • Member of Karate Hall of Fame
  • Inventor of Taebo

Disability:

  • Learning Disability - Dyslexia
  John Lennon

Accomplishments:

  • With the Beatles he won the following BRIT Awards:
  • Outstanding contribution to music during the past 25 years
  • Best British band of the past 25 years
  • Best British album of the past 25 years (for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band).
  • 100 Greatest Britons BBC poll voted Lennon eighth place.
  • Rolling Stone magazine ranked Lennon:
  • 38 on its list of "The Immortals: The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time". 
  • number 5 on its list of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time".

Disability:

  • Learning Disability – Dyslexia
  Patty Duke

Best Known For:

  • The Patty Duke Show
  • The Miracle Worker
  • Appeared in more “Lifetime movies” than any other actor/actress
  • Happy Anniversary
  • The Goddess

Disability:

  • Emotional disorder – manic depression
   
 
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Michael Phelps

Accomplishments:

  • Won 14 Olympic gold medals and two bronze medals
  • Holds seven world records in swimming

Disability:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity-Disorder (ADHD)
  Mozart

Accomplishments:

  • Produced more than 600 compositions which include works widely acknowledged
  • He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers.
  • He is considered a child prodigy.

Disability (although not officially diagnosed during his lifetime):

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  Susan Hampshire

Best Known For:

  • What Katy Did
  • The Three Lives of Thomasina
  • The Fighting Prince of Donegal

Disability: 

  • Learning Disability – dyslexia
   
 
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Joe Montana

Accomplishments:

  • Four Superbowl victories
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee

Disability:

  • Learning Disability - Dyslexia
  Harry Belefonte

Best Known As:

  • "King of Calypso"
    • Popularizing the Caribbean musical style in the 1950s.

Best Known For:

  • "Banana Boat Song", with its signature lyric "Day-O".
  • Advocating for civil rights and humanitarian causes.

Disability:

    • Learning Disability – Dyslexia,
    • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  Barbra Steisand

Best Known For:

  • The Barbara Streisand Album
  • No Business like Show business (Song)
  • Guilty (Album)
  • The Lion Winter (Film)
  • What’s Up Doc? (Film)
  • Hello, Dolly (Film and Musical)
  • Meet the Fockers (Film)

Disability:

  • Social Phobia
   
 
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Paul Gascoigne

Accomplishments:

  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year
  • FA Cup winner

Disability:

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  Beethoven

Accomplishments:

  • Remains one of the most respected and influential composers of all time.

Disability:

    • Bipolar Disorder (not officially diagnosed during his lifetime)
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (not officially diagnosed during his lifetime)
    • Deaf

NOTE: Beethoven continued to compose, and to conduct and perform, even after he was completely deaf.

       
 
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David Beckham

Accomplishments:

  • UNICEF Goodwill advisor
  • Football Association Youth Cup
  • Premier League Championship participant

Disability:

    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
           
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Bruce Jenner

Accomplishments:

  • Olympic Decathlon winner

Disability:

    • Learning Disability – Dyslexia
           
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Lionel Aldridge

Accomplishments:

  • Won three world championships
  • Two Superbowls
  • Greenbay packers Hall of Fame inductee

Disability:

    • Emotional Disorder - Schizophrenia
           
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