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The only disability in life is a bad attitude. Scott Hamilton, athlete
  • life

Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone. Martina Navratilova, athlete
  • Disability

One always overcompensates for disabilities. I'm thinking of having my entire body surgically removed. Douglas Adams, writer
  • Disability

It is unacceptable that disabled veterans in Illinois rank at the bottom of the list when it comes to disability pay. We owe our disabled veterans more than speeches, parades and monuments. Dick Durbin, politician
  • bottom

Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment. Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.,
  • Disability

I was slightly brain damaged at birth, and I want people like me to see that they shouldn't let a disability get in the way. I want to raise awareness - I want to turn my disability into ability. Susan Boyle, musician
  • ability

I get stubborn and dig in when people tell me I can't do something and I think I can. It goes back to my childhood when I had problems in school because I have a learning disability. Ann Bancroft, explorer
  • childhood

You go, well you can't joke about race. Well if you're from a different race and that's your experience of the world and you want to talk about that, then fine. Or you can't talk about disability, but disabled comics can talk about that. Jimmy Carr, comedian
  • comics

Women would be disproportionately affected by the privatization of social security. It is one of the most important safety nets for American women in old age, or in times of disability, to insure financial income for their families. Barbara Mikulski, politician
  • affected

I have terrible handwriting. I now say it's a learning disability... but a nun who was a very troubled woman hit me over the fingers with a ruler because my writing was so bad. Andrew Greeley, clergyman
  • bad

I put up a huge wall of denial. It was years before I was able to break through it... accepting that your child has a disability, especially one like LD that cannot be seen or easily diagnosed, is one of the hardest things to come to terms with. Anne Ford,
  • able

I seem to be thinking rationally again in the style that is characteristic of scientists. However, this is not entirely a matter of joy as if someone returned from physical disability to good physical health. John Forbes Nash, Jr., mathematician
  • again

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in our nation. Mary Bono, politician
  • autism

It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no-one can see or understand, you exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and worst of all you know that you are not just stupid. Susan Hampshire, actress
  • child

Americans believe that people should work hard and get ahead on their own, but when disaster strikes and they need help with retirement or disability, Americans as a whole should come to their aid. Jacob Hacker, musician
  • ahead

People didn't always see a person with a disability who had to use a ramp or elevator as people who have been given unnecessary privileges. But I run into that often now. People are saying, 'Why do we have to go to great expense for these people?' Major Owens, politician
  • disability

I take advantage of every thing I can - age, hair, disability - because my cause is just. Marjory Stoneman Douglas, journalist
  • advantage

It will kill four times as many Americans as AIDS will over the next decade. I feel that what ever kind of disability God has given me, as an entertainer and as a public figure, it is so I can be a representative for others. Naomi Judd, musician
  • aids

Often as a child you see someone with a learning disability or Down's Syndrome and my mum and dad were always very quick to explain exactly what was going on and to be in their own way inclusive and welcoming. Christopher Eccleston, actor
  • child

It's hard enough to work and raise a family when your kids are all healthy and relatively normal, but when you add on some kind of disability or disease, it can just be such a burden. Patricia Heaton, actress
  • parenting

So, for example, if a child is labeled as having a learning disability, it has very concrete consequences for the kinds of services and potentially accommodations that child will get. Robert Sternberg, educator
  • accommodations

For me, disability is a way of getting some extremity, some kind of very difficult situation, that throws an interesting light on people. Mark Haddon, novelist
  • difficult

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