Here are the most famous people with disabilities, as worked out by counting the page views on all Wikipedia articles that are both biographies and disability related.
|Rank||Article||Daily Average Views|
|2||Franklin D. Roosevelt||17,484|
|6||Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon||6,474|
|16||Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec||1,305|
|19||Rick Allen (drummer)||1,019|
It’s an interesting list – Frida Kahlo was a painter who happened to have one leg. Barbara Gordon is interesting, because, of course, she’s fictional (the former Batgirl). But we’re also missing such ones as Roosevelt, Lord Nelson, and Ludwig van Beethoven. I suspect it’s actually that their articles haven’t been tagged by Wikipedia as being disability-related.
I think it is interesting to maintain (the first version of this article is from 2013) and it’s also interesting to distinguish between ‘people whose fame is tied to a disability’ and ‘people who are famously disabled’ and finally ‘people whose disability isn’t in the first five facts you know about them’.
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People interested in this work might also be interested my work mapping NHS areas to MP’s constituencies, my work with improving the accessibility with the Royal Society of Chemistry, my presentations on speech disability and the charity I run