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Eric Alva

Eric Alva

Iraq War Veteran and LGBT Rights Activist

Retired Staff Sergeant Eric Alva was the first American soldier injured in the Iraq War. Hailed as an American hero, Alva was decorated and visited by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, and President George W. Bush. However, he was only able to be true to himself after... More
Roger Crawford

Roger Crawford

Disabled Tennis Champion and Author

Roger Crawford was born with severe physical disabilities that impaired all four limbs, but has consistently triumphed over these limitations. As a young man, he became the first and only athlete with four impaired limbs to compete in an NCAA Division One college sport and to be certified by the... More
Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox

Award-Winning Actor and Parkinson's Disease Advocate

Born in Canada, Michael J. Fox is an award-winning television and film actor whose enduring career as a performer has made him an icon to countless fans around the globe. In 1991, at age 29, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, news he shared with the public in 1998. In 2000, to help advance... More
Dick Hoyt

Dick Hoyt

Inspirational Athlete and Disability Advocate

In 1975, Rick was finally admitted into a public school. Two years later, Rick told his father he wanted to participate in a five-mile benefit run for a local lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Dick, far from being a long-distance runner, agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair.... More
Ted Kennedy Jr.

Ted Kennedy Jr.

Disability Policy Expert, Attorney, and Cancer Survivor

Since losing one of his legs to bone cancer at the age of 12, Ted Kennedy, Jr. has devoted his life to work as an influential advocate for the disabled. Kennedy is the executive director of Facing the Challenge, a nonprofit advocacy and public policy office for disability-related issues, and a teaching... More
Kyle Maynard

Kyle Maynard

Inspirational Athlete and Author of No Excuses

On first sight, Maynard is obviously exceptional. He is a quadruple congenital amputee, which means that his arms end at the elbows, and his legs extend to just past his knees. His adamant refusal to accept the limitations of this condition, however, is what truly sets him apart. Maynard began his... More
RJ Mitte

RJ Mitte

Co-Star of AMC's Breaking Bad and Equality and Diversity Activist

RJ Mitte played Walt, Jr. the son of the cancer-stricken science teacher-turned-drug manufacturer Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) on the Emmy-winning AMC drama Breaking Bad.  Like his character on the show, Mitte has cerebral palsy, although his is a milder form of the disability... More
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