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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Disability

Margaret Corbin, the first woman to fight in the Revolutionary War was injured during the fighting. She became the first woman to be awarded a disability pension by the American Congress.

From the 1860s until the 1970s, several American cities had ugly laws making it illegal for persons with "unsightly or disgusting" disabilities to appear in public.

Blind, quadriplegic veteran Walter Harris Callow invented the wheelchair-accessible bus in 1947—his first and only ride was upon his death.

Mike Millard, one of the most legendary concert bootleggers in the 1970s and 1980s, would pretend to be handicapped in order to sneak in his recording equipment on his wheelchair. His recordings are considered some of the best, even to this day.

The Spanish Paralympic basketball team in 2000, had to hand back their medals as ten of them didn’t have a disability.


The Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University, the only university exclusively for the disabled in the world, was founded in Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh, India in 2001.

The China Disability Sports Training Center opened on June 28, 2007, the first facility in China entirely devoted to disability sports training. At 2,564,340 sq ft, it is the largest of its kind in the world.

The Chinese women's national wheelchair basketball team at the China Disabilities Training Center www.chinadaily.com.

Disney parks allow people with wheelchairs to cut in line with six guest. This led to the formation of a black-market by some rich Manhattan mums who hired disabled tour guides to pose as family members so they and their kids can jump to the front,

56.7 million people with a disability lived in the United States in 2010. They represented 19 percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population.

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