Category Archives: Famous People with disabilities

Actresses with Down syndrome honored by disability-advocacy group

Lauren Potter and Robin Trocki, two actresses with Down syndrome who regularly appear on the television series “Glee,” are receiving The Arc’s first Inclusion and Image Award today. “We wanted to commend the actresses and the show in particular for pro… Continue reading

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No arms, no legs…no worries!!!

We all have a disability of some kind; all are lacking in one way or another. Saul has an injury to his leg. What if his personality was deformed? How much worse if his soul was lame? Preachers or teachers look for the good in all of us. (Bless them fo… Continue reading

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Special Olympics cancel events, cite reduced funding, sponsorships

In this Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 photo, Tommy Sliva wears medals he has won skiing in the Indiana Special Olympics in Indianapolis. This year Indiana Special Olympics has canceled skiing and showshoeing events because of budget issues. (AP Photo/Tom Stric… Continue reading

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Kim Peek, The Real ‘Rain Man,’ Has Died

You may not recognize his name, but there’s a good chance you remember Rain Man, the 1988 movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise.Hoffman’s character, a mega-savant, was based on Kim Peek.As NPR’s Howard Berkes reports from Salt Lake City, where t… Continue reading

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Washington state student with disabilities to swim in Paralympic games

Chris Goodenow / For The Herald (click to enlarge)Kayla Wheeler swims during her individual practice at Harbor Square Athletic Club in Edmonds on Nov. 13.A 13-year-old girl with disabilities from Washington state will compete this week in the 2009 Int… Continue reading

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Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who wears carbon-fibre blades, lost his bid to compete against able-bodied athletes at the Beijing Olympics. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty ImagesResearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have f… Continue reading

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Should Helen Keller be played by an actress with disabilities?

This New York Times blog post looks at the controversy generated over a decision to award the lead role in an upcoming Broadway production about Helen Keller to Abigail Breslin, a well-known actress who does not share Keller’s vision and hearing disabi… Continue reading

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British educator who has dyslexia wins national teaching award

Mr Vickerman was warned that he had no future teaching children in schoolsEdward Vickerman, an educator who is dyslexic, recently received a national teaching award in the U.K. Vickerman, who says he uses technology to help him communicate with his st… Continue reading

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Indiana woman with Down syndrome becomes advocacy leader

Jessica Green, who has Down syndrome, was recently named a member of the board of directors of the National Down Syndrome Congress. Green volunteers for Down Syndrome Indiana, writing a blog and putting together a Web-based newsletter for the organizat… Continue reading

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Girl with Down syndrome thriving on swim team

Courtney takes off for some laps. Courtney Pyburn, a 12-year-old North Carolina girl with Down syndrome, trains and competes on her community swim team with children without disabilities and is flourishing. “Other sports, there’s a roster,” says her co… Continue reading

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