5 Famous Wheelchair Users

Here at Assurance Mobility, we believe that a wheelchair should be a badge of honour. After all, they are designed with efficiency in mind in order to provide users with a reliable way to get from A to B, which can be tricky in a world that is governed by able-bodied accessibility. We’ve decided to use our blogging platform in order to raise awareness about wheelchairs and what it really means to be a wheelchair user. Read on as we go over 5 famous people who used a chair…

Stephen Hawking

After being diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease at 21 years old, Stephen Hawking went on to achieve great success as a quantum theory physicist despite being confined to a wheelchair for over 50 years. He is renowned as one of the most famous wheelchair users in the world, and learned to communicate using just the muscles in his cheek.

Franklin Roosevelt

The 32nd President of the United States wasn’t always a wheelchair user; however, he became paralysed from the waist down after contracting an illness at 39 years old whilst on holiday. In fact, many medical professionals believe that this famous face suffered from polio. Despite his condition, Roosevelt was able to walk short distances using iron braces and a cane after intensive hydrotherapy, and actually refused to use his wheelchair in public.

Teddy Pendergrass

Born in Philadelphia, Pendergrass’ started his career as a drummer for The Cadillacs and was invited to be the lead singer of the band, which merged with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, after spontaneously taking the spotlight during a performance. As a famous wheelchair user, Pendergrass was involved in a car accident in 1982 after his brakes failed, leaving him paralysed from a spinal cord injury.

Frida Kahlo

At the age of 18, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was involved in a bus accident so severe that she was impaled by an iron handrail, fracturing her pelvis. The accident ended her dreams of becoming a doctor but eventually lead to her decision to take up art. Throughout her life, Kahlo complained of back pain and mobility issues which were caused by the accident and lead to her need for a wheelchair.

Barbara Jordan

As the first black Texan to ever be appointed in Congress and the first black woman to be elected to the Texas State Senate, it is safe to say that Barabara Jordan face a great deal of adversity throughout her life. Interestingly, she also lived with multiple sclerosis, a neurological condition that damages the brain and spinal cord, which left her confined to a wheelchair. As a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, Jordan was awarded the Presidential medal of Freedom in 1994 and worked hard to keep the focus away from her illness.

It is safe to say that celebrities are just like everybody else, particularly when they have a disability. After all, nobody wants their medical condition to become their defining characteristic. Here at Assurance Mobility, we stock a wide range of wheelchairs in order to ensure that our clients are able to find the most suitable chair for their needs. In fact, we also have gel cushions and hand-muffs too. To find out more information, get in contact with the best wheelchairs Oldham has to offer and speak to a member of the team today!