A very special man who overcame his disability was our 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Paralyzed from the waist down from Polio, he was able to deal with depression and pain, and go on to be one of the greatest presidents we ever had. Luckily, he had an amazing wife who encouraged him in spite of serious differences between them. He came to office in the deepest recession ever - like now - dealt with it, gave us social security and social welfare - the list is long.
When he died, I was in college, and, suddenly, the alarm sounded. We were all summoned to the auditorium, where, of course, one of the staff read Walt Whitman's poem "Oh Captain, My Captain," which had been written for an earlier president who had been asassinated. The only president I had ever known was Roosevelt, and through the years, my admiration of him has only grown.
He accomplished great things with a serious disability, which helped him to understanding the suffering of other human beings, and reach out to them.