What's It Like to Live With a Disability?

The websites below highlight individuals living with a disability. They not only inform, but show how diverse the world of disability can truly be!

Annette Gabbedey

One of the UK's most talented jewelers, Annette Gabbedey, creates miniature masterpieces worth thousands despite being born with no fingers. Annette - who insists she is not disabled - even says she could not imagine doing her job with fingers because they "must get in the way."

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I’m Tyler

This web page is all about Tyler, who has Cerebral Palsy and is a pretty typical high school student with a mission to increase “Ability Awareness:”

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Meet Miss Iowa 2013

2013 Miss Iowa, Nicole Kelly, was born without her left forearm. She speaks about disability awareness and the importance of not giving in to "no"

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Interview with Kevin Kling - The Loses and Laughter We Grow Into

Born with a disabled left arm, Kling lost the use of his right one after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him. He is now a successful poet, playwright and storyteller.

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Marlee Matlin: What My Parents Understood

Marlee Matlin won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the movie "Children of a Lesser God." To date is the only deaf performer to have won this award.

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Thoughts on having a disability

"My disability has opened my eyes to see my true abilities." - Robert M. Hensel

"One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered." - Michael J. Fox

"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." - Christopher Reeve

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar." -Helen Keller

“Being disabled should not mean being disqualified from having access to every aspect of life."- Emma Thompson

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein