A disability is defined as a physical or mental handicap that prevents a person from living a full, normal life or from holding a gainful job. However, there are people across the world who live on and thrive despite whatever disability they possess. In fact, quite a few of them have been great contributors throughout history and quite famous because of their accomplishments despite their disabilities.

#MIcheal J. Fox
This Canadian born actor is probably the most well-known and well-loved celebrity with Parkinson’s Disease. Fox was diagnosed with the disease in 1991 and didn’t reveal his condition until seven years later. Since then he has semi-retired due to the complications and has become an outspoken advocate of research including stem cell research to cure Parkinson’s.

#Marlee Matlin
Another actor in this Top Ten, American Marlee Matlin won the Best Actress Academy Award in 1986 for her debut performance in “Children of a Lesser God.” Mostly deaf since she was 18 months old, Marlee has garnered attention for deaf people the world over by being an advocate and role model. Also an Emmy winner, Matlin is a prime example of an artist who has succeeded despite her disability; few other actresses have had as much success even without the disability.

#helen keller
Blind and deaf, this American was the first such person to graduate from college. Famously tutored by Annie Sullivan, her life was chronicled in the play, “The Miracle Worker.” After graduation, Keller became a noted speaker, author and crusader for pacifism, women’s right to vote and birth control among other causes. Being featured on the Alabama state quarter, Heller is coincidentally only one of two people in this list to be on American currency currently in circulation.
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