Many people see people with disabilities as being on
the receiving end of technological developments, eg medical cures and
treatments, or inventions such as electronic wheelchairs or MiniComs
for deaf people.
Far fewer people are aware that a number of scientists with disabilities have themselves contributed greatly to our understanding of science, and been responsible for inventions which have enriched the lives of millions of people, whether with or without disabilities.
A few of them are mentioned here ...
Alexander Graham Bell
disability: learning disability (source)
invented the telephone
Ironically, he is not popular with some deaf
people following his alleged remarks that deaf people
should be sterilized, as a form of eugenics. We say alleged,
there is some controversy as to
whether he made these comments.
Thomas Alva Edison
Probably most famous for inventing the electric
light, Edison also invented the record player and the cinematic camera.
web page describes how he discovered the record player almost
by accident, while working on telephone technology.
A brilliant atomic physicist, probably most famous for his Theory of Relativity.
Dr Temple Grandin
disability: autism (source)
Agricultural scientist, professor of animal behaviour
neurone disease. (source)
Probably one of the greatest astronomical
physicists of modern times, Stephen Hawking has developed several
theories about the nature and origins of our universe.
Leonardo Da Vinci
In addition, most modern technological developments take place in large laboratories with a number of scientists working there - a number of whom will, almost certainly, have disabilities.
Unfortunately, there are still a number of people who work in the electronic and computing industries who believe that people with disabilities are out of place in science and technology. We hope this web-page proves them wrong !
Computer Programmers and Software Developers with disabilities
Without mathematics, scientific
discovery and (especially) software programming, would be a lot harder.
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