Famous People with Disabilities

People are often surprised about how many “notable” personalities have disabilities. Here are some web sites that list famous people who happen to have disabilities.

General

Chamber of Commerce for Individuals with Disabilities – Hall of Fame
A small selection of personas, with links (some not working) to biographical information.
Famous People Who Had Disabilities
A lesson plan by Bill Straub.
Famous People with Disabilities
About a dozen famous folks with brief biographies, from the Center for Disability Information & Referral (CeDIR).
Famous People with Disabilities
An excellent list from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education. The list is subdivided by disability, and each name includes the individual’s profession. A good starting place for students.
A Few Famous (and Not-So-Famous) People with Disabilities
A small list, with brief biographies, from the Disability Social History Project.
Asthma

Famous People with Asthma
A lengthy list from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Attention Deficit Disorder
See also Learning Disabilities
Famous People With Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders
Many names (but no additional information or links) from the Child Development Institute.
Famous People With Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders
Many names (but no additional information or links) from One A.D.D. Place.
Autism

Autism FAQ – Well-known Autistic People
A list of well-known people who have chosen to write or speak about their family members who have autism. From www.autism-resources.com.
Deafness and Hearing Impairments

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Celebrities and Personalities
An excellent collection of articles and links for well-known contemporary deaf and hard of hearing people from about.com.
Epilepsy

Famous People with Epilepsy
A brief list, arranged by profession, from the Florida Epilepsy Service Providers Association.
Learning Disabilities
See also Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyslexia
Celebrity Quiz
A matching game from LD OnLine.
Successful People with LD and AD/HD [added 5/30/01]
From SchwabLearning.org, this is an excellent list of artists, athletes, business leaders, etc., with hyperlinks to articles about each individuals.
Famous People & SB
An annotated list of noted people with spina bifida (or who have children with spina bifida), from the Children with Spina Bifida web site.
Related Subjects
Arts, Culture and History

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