Ten Inspiring Wheelchair Users From the 20th Century

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt was a Democrat politician who became president of the United States during the Great Depression and steered them through the Second World War. His role was complicated by the fact that he regularly used a wheelchair and had to conceal this fact in order to get elected. Franklin contracted polio by swimming in an infected lake in 1921.

His actions during his 12-year presidency and his advocating for disabled rights has led to him being seen as one of the best three presidents in American history.

“He lifted himself from a wheelchair to lift the nation from its knees.”

Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve was an American actor best known for starring as Superman in the 1970s and 1980s. An avid horse enthusiastic, Christopher was competing in an equestrian event when he was thrown from his steed and landed on his head. His injuries caused by a damaged spinal cord led to him being left a quadriplegic and requiring a portable ventilator to breathe.

After this tragedy, Christopher dedicated his life to using his status and fame to advocate for spinal injury treatment.

Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman is an Israeli who is famous primarily for his astounding violin skills. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1945, Itzak contracted polio at the age of four and soon lost the use of his legs. From a very young age he wished to play the violin but his doctors didn’t think that he should pursue music considering his disabilities.

Itzhak ignored their advice and soon became highly proficient in his chosen instrument. He studied with Rivka Goldgart at the Shulamit Conservatory and at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and gave his first recital at the age of just ten. He emigrated to the USA to study at the Juilliard School and has since that date become world-famous for his instrumental skills, conducting and teaching.

A Mobility Shop

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