Well-known people with disabilities

by lmallernee | July 23rd, 2012

July 23, 2012

Do you have a disability or medical condition which limits what you can do? Many ordinary people, as well as many actors, politicians, and writers, have disabilities, according to the website Disabled World.

One of the most obvious types of disability is a physical impairment such as an amputation. Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma or surgery. Sometimes a prosthesis may replace the missing body part.

Some famous people who have overcome the so-called amputee disability barrier include the following:

Heather Mills, estranged wife of Paul McCartney, was hit by a police motorcycle while crossing the road and sustained a severe injury to her left leg, which was then amputated below the knee. An activist who campaigns for the disarming of land mines and for animal rights, she wears a prosthetic leg and was showcased on Dancing with the Stars.

Tom Whittaker was the first disabled person to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. His right foot was amputated following a car accident. He founded the Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped outdoor group.

Ted Kennedy, Jr., lost his right leg to cancer when he was 22.  Since then, he has received  a master’s degree from Yale University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

If you or someone you know needs help with disability benefits, contact the disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.

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