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How are you being represented?

It can be difficult to see yourself reflected in popular culture and the world of celebrity if you have a disability - when the media seems obsessed with seemingly perfect individuals, and simultaneously painting anything different as a negative.

But if you look beneath the surface, the world is full of people who have overcome adversity and become trailblazers in their field despite the stigma that society has placed on their disability. Disability History Month is all about elevating these individuals, empowering those that feel a familiarity with their situation and watching a new generation flourish as they come into their own.

 

Inspirational Figures


Here are just a handful of disabled celebrities who have overcome adversity in their lives and proceeded to influence future generations to excel.

Daniel Radcliffe - British actor with dyspraxia, a non-visible disability

His achievements include:

  • Played Harry Potter at the age of 12, and throughout the entire film series
  • Performed in theatre for the show "Equus" (2007)
  • Given his support to various charitable organisations
  • Worked with the Trevor Project to speak out against homophobia
Kadeena Cox - British parasport athlete and presenter who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

Her achievements include:

  • Studied physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 5 World Championship gold medals & 6 Paralympic medals across 2 sports
  • Won BBC Celebrity MasterChef in 2021
  • Competed on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
  • Appeared on the show World Beaters
Liz Carr - British actress and international disability rights activist, she has used a wheelchair since the age of 7 due to arthrogryposis multiplex congenita

Her achievements include:

  • Won the Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting role, an annual award presented by the Society of London Theatre
  • Took part in the Newsnight debate on assisted suicide
  • Plays a forensic scientist on BBC drama Silent Witness
  • Appeared on The Witcher TV series

Among the countless articles out there which celebrate such inspirational individuals, Invacare released their own blog post highlighting 14 Famous People Who You Might Not Know Have A Disability.

 

Disability History Month
Events

this week

Wed 8th February

A cartoon take away coffee cup, coffee beans and sunflowers over a yellow background. Cafe Meet - DISCO
8th February 2pm - 4:30pm
The Exhibition Space - UEA SU
Welcome to semester 2! We are hosting a chilled out and friendly cafe meeting in the SU. We welcome all returning members and anyone curious who wants to see what we are all about. Keep reading for accessibility information.
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