Month: March 2017

The rocky path to success

The rocky path to success

By Doug Wright   Sylvester Stallone is known worldwide as an incredibly successful actor, director, screen writer and producer. And yet, Stallone has had to overcome disability and disadvantage to get to where he is today. “He is unable to use parts of his lips and tongue” When Stallone was born, his doctors were forced to use two pairs of forceps to assist him through the birth canal. One of them slipped and severed a nerve, paralysing the lower left side of his face. As a consequence, he is unable to use parts of his lips and tongue. This...

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Chantelle didn’t give up

Chantelle didn’t give up

By Doug Wright    Chantelle Brown Young was diagnosed with the skin condition vitiligo   Chantelle Brown Young, now known as Winnie Harlow, was born in Toronto in 1994. At a young age, she was diagnosed with the skin condition vitiligo, an immunity irregularity which attacks melanin production causing de-pigmentation of the skin. Of Jamaican ancestry, Harlow’s deep brown skin is marked with patches of white, where her natural skin colour doesn’t show.   Because of her unusual colouring, she was mocked and bullied throughout her childhood and adolescence. She was called a ‘cow’ and a ‘zebra’ and other...

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Haben Never Gave Up

Haben Never Gave Up

Haben Girma graduated from Harvard Law School. What makes this accomplishment singularly extraordinary is that Haben Girma is both deaf and blind Haben Girma graduated from Harvard Law School, which many people would see as a colossal achievement in its own right. What makes this accomplishment singularly extraordinary is that Haben Girma is both deaf and blind. Born in California in 1988, Haben shares her disability with her brother, but has never let it slow her down. She was able to take advantage of technology to help her, including having a digital Braille device which enables her to read...

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