Image is everything, especially for the celebrities. The way they look greatly determines how the record labels, sponsors and fans will perceive them. This is mainly because it’s considered a great feat to perform the extraordinary acts associated to the celebrity status. In contrast to this statement, history has revealed that even people with disabilities can still deliver beyond expectations. The society’s perception towards the disabled has been changed through the successes of these people. Many have in turn been inspired to push through and realize their dreams against all odds courtesy of these internationally celebrated figures. Here is the list of the five most extraordinary people with disabilities:
5 Vincent Van Gogh
This is a famous Dutch painter who was born in 1853 and died in 1890. Although he suffered from mental illness, he was still able to produce some of the greatest paintings the world has ever seen. He has close to 900 paintings and more than 1,100 drawings to his name. He suffered from mental illness until one day; he took a gun, shot himself and died two days later from the chest wounds.
4 Ludwig Van Beethoven
Beethoven is a legendary composer who perfected his art under instructions from Mozart. He was born in 1770 and began performing as a pianist at the tender age of eight. His music is well known for excellent improvisations and unpredictability. When he was 26 years old, he started losing his hearing ability and eventually ended up deaf. Despite this, he continued making excellent pieces of art until his death in 1827.
3 Christy Brown
Christy Brown was born in 1932 and was disabled because of cerebral palsy. This interfered with normal speech and movement to the point that doctors declared that he was also intellectually disabled. At the age of five, he was able to make his left foot move. Using this foot, he famously wrote poems and books. One of his outstanding pieces of work is entitled ‘My Left Foot’. The book was made into a film and won an Academy Award. He died in 1981.
2 Jean-Dominique Bauby
Born in 1952, the renowned author, editor and journalist from France suffered a locked-in syndrome disability. A heart attack caused his entire body to paralyze leaving him with the rare disability. Since his mental condition was still perfect, he managed to write a book entitled ‘The Diving Bell And The Butterfly’ by blinking his eyes. He died in 1997, two days after the book was published. He also worked for ELLE magazine.
1 Helen Keller
Helen Keller was born in 1880 and died in 1968. She was blind and deaf. Despite the disabilities, she was still able to earn a Degree in Bachelor of Arts making her the first deaf and blind person to achieve the feat. Then, she went ahead to become a renowned author, lecturer and political activist. During the peak of her career, the America heroin traveled to more than 39 countries and made acquaintances with the high and mighty like Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin and Alexander Bell.