Famous Disabled People

Educational Accessibility Services (EAS) at WSU: Famous People

Ludwig Van Beethoven
Deaf, Asthma Larry Flint
Spinal Cord Injury
Christopher Reeve
Spinal Cord Injury Emily Dickinson
Bi-Polar
Michael J. Fox
Parkinson's Alan Alda
Polio
Albert Einstein
Learning Disability Alexander Graham Bell
Learning Disability
Annie Sullivan, Teacher of Helen Keller
Visually Impaired Claude Monet
Visual Impairment
Ed Roberts, Founder of the Independent Living Movement
Polio Franklin D. Roosevelt
Polio
Frida Kahlo
Polio, Impaled Julius Caesar
Epilepsy
King George III
Porphyria Louis Braille
Visually Impaired
Mia Farrow
Polio Sarah Bernhardt, French Actress 1844-1923
Amputee
Stevie Wonder
Visually Impaired, ADD Thomas Edison, Inventor
Learning Disability
Vincent Van Gogh
Psychiatric Disability Walt Disney
Learning Disability
Winston Churchill
Learning Disability Montel Williams
Multiple Sclerosis
Ray Charles
Blind Donald Sutherland
Polio
Harriet Tubman
Traumatic Brain Injury, Epilepsy Agatha Christie
Dyslexic, Epilepsy
Virginia Woolf
Bi-Polar Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Artist
Rheumatoid Arthritis, used a wheelchair
Dudley Moore
Club Foot Helen Keller
Blind and Deaf
John Hockenberry
Spinal Cord Injury Ronnie Milsap
Blind
Abraham Lincoln
Depression, Marfan's Stephen Hawking, Astrophysicist
ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
Rod Steiger
Depression John Updike
Depression
John Cougar Mellencamp
Spina Bifida Toulouse Lautrec
Dwarfism
Bill Clinton
Hearing Impairment Teddy Pendergrass
Spinal Cord Injury
Bob Dole
One Functioning Arm Lance Armstrong, Won Tour de France two years in a row
Cancer
Chris Burke, Actor
Down's Syndrome Tom Cruise
Dyslexia
Marlee Matlin, Actress
Deaf Jim Abbott, Major League Baseball Player
One Hand
Mike Utley, Athlete
Spinal Cord Injury Terence Parkin, Olympic Swimmer
Deaf
Marla Runyan, Olympic Runner
Visually Impaired Harry Anderson
Dyslexic
Jean Driscoll, Olympic Runner
Spina Bifida Stephen Bacque, Entrepreneur of the Year, 1998
Dyslexic
Harry Belafonte
Dyslexic George Burns
Dyslexic
Cher
Dyslexic Leonardo Da Vinci
Dyslexic
Hans Christian Anderson
Dyslexic Danny Glover
Dyslexic
Whoopi Goldberg
Dyslexic Bruce Jenner
Dyslexic
Magic Johnson
Dyslexic George S. Patton
Dyslexic
Nolan Ryan, Athlete
Dyslexic Charles Schwab
Dyslexic
Nelson Rockefeller
Dyslexic Tom Smothers, Comedian
Dyslexic
Greg Louganis, Olympic Diver
Dyslexic Kurt Vonnegut, Author
Mood Disorder
Ernest Hemingway
Mood Disorder Mike Wallace
Mood Disorder
Samuel Johnson, 18th Century Writer
Tourette's Syndrome Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Tourette's Syndrome
Mel Tillis, Country Singer
Speech Impediment Daniel Inouye, U.S. Senator
Amputee
George Washington
Learning Disability Woodrow Wilson
Learning Disability
Henry Winkler
Learning Disability Alexander the Great
Epilepsy
Goya, Spanish Painter
Deaf John Milton, Author/Poet
Blind
Lynn Rivers, Congressional Representative
Bi-Polar Carly Simon
Stutter
James Earl Jones
Stutter Bruce Willis
Stutter
Charles I, King of England from 1625 until 1649
Stutter Napoleon Bonaparte
Epilepsy, Attention Deficit Disorder
Socrates
Epilepsy Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Paraplegic
Itzhak Perlman, Violinist
Polio Lord Byron, Poet
Club Foot
Heather Whitestone McCallum, Former Miss America
Deaf Richard Burton
Epilepsy
Edgar Allen Poe, Author
Epilepsy, Bipolar Sir Isaac Newton
Epilepsy
Lou Ferigno, Incredible Hulk
Hearing Impaired John Callahan, Cartoonist
Quadriplegic
Steve Allen
Asthma Jason Alexander
Asthma
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic Medallist
Asthma Curtis Pride, Once Detroit Tiger
Deaf
Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut
Bipolar Disorder Brian Wilson, Musician, Composer (Beach Boys)
Bipolar Disorder
Ned Beatty, Actor
Bipolar Disorder Linda Hamilton
Bipolar Disorder
Margot Kidder
Bipolar Disorder Kristy McNichol
Bipolar Disorder
Carrie Fisher, Writer, Actor
Bipolar Disorder Ray Davies, Musician
Bipolar Disorder
Jonathan Winters, Comedian, Actor, Writer
Bipolar Disorder Axl Rose, Musician
Bipolar Disorder
Gordon Sumner (Sting), Musician, Composer
Bipolar Disorder Robin Williams
ADHD
Malcolm Forbes
Attention Deficit Disorder Steve McQueen
Attention Deficit Disorder
Admiral Richard Byrd
Attention Deficit Disorder Bill Cosby
Attention Deficit Disorder
Henry Ford
Attention Deficit Disorder Sylvester Stallone
Attention Deficit Disorder
Ann Bancroft, First Woman to Travel Across the Ice to the North and South Poles
Dyslexic Neil Bush, Son of Barbara and Former President Bush
Dyslexic
Stephen J. Cannell, Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Dyslexia Dr. Red Duke, Physician, Television Comentator
Dyslexia
Fanny Flag
Dyslexia William James, Philosopher
Dyslexia
Edward James Olmos
Dyslexia Jackie Stewart, Race Car Driver
Dyslexia
Lindsey Wagoner
Dyslexia William B. Yeats, Poet
Dyslexia
Quentin Tarantino
Dyslexia Jay Leno
Dyslexia
Salma Hayek
Dyslexia Anthony Hopkins
Dyslexia
Charles Dickens
Epilepsy Truman Capote
Epilepsy
Peter Tchaikovsky
Epilepsy George Freidrich Handel
Epilepsy
Feodor Dostoevsky
Epilepsy Pythagoras
Epilepsy
Steven Speilberg
ADD John F. Kennedy
Attention Deficit Disorder
Eleanor Roosevelt
Attention Deficit Disorder Dan Quayle
Attention Deficit Disorder
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Attention Deficit Disorder F. Scott Fitzgerald
Attention Deficit Disorder
Benjamin Franklin
Attention Deficit Disorder Pete Rose
Attention Deficit Disorder
Leo Tolstoy
Attention Deficit Disorder John Lennon
Attention Deficit Disorder
Jules Verne
Attention Deficit Disorder John Nash
Schizophrenia
Lionel Aldridge, Football Player
Schizophrenia Peter Green, Guitarist for Fletwood Mac
Schizophrenia
Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd
Schizophrenia Vaslav Nijinsky, Dancer
Schizophrenia
Eugene O'Neill, Playwright
Depression Robert Schumann, Poet
Bi-Polar
John Keats, Poet
Mental Illness Tennesse Williams, Playwright
Depression
Sylvia Plath
Depression Vivian Leigh
Mental Illness
Patty Duke
Bi-Polar Jimmy Piersall
Bi-Polar
Carl Erskine
Autism