99+ Best Disability Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational disability quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

Famous Disability Quotes

I dont believe in disabilities, I believe in ability. — Bill Austin

In the real world, 90% of the money spent on medical research is focused on conditions that are responsible for just 10% of the deaths and disability caused by diseases globally. — Peter Singer

It will kill four times as many Americans as AIDS will over the next decade. I feel that what ever kind of disability God has given me, as an entertainer and as a public figure, it is so I can be a representative for others. — Naomi Judd

A large portion of the chronic homeless are disabled enough that they would be eligible for disability benefits and many already get them. But when the money runs out they stay with relatives or get put up in a shelter. — Pat Lynch

I refuse to allow a disability to determine how I live my life. There is only one way to go in life and that is forward. — Christopher Reeve

There’s no such thing as disability insurance for a musician. — Joe Carroll

Dr Knox’s work has confirmed that firework injuries are an important cause of preventable visual disability – particularly in young males. — Jonathan Jackson

We estimate in the report that if the recommendations that we give were implemented, up to 70 percent of mortality and disability from birth defects could be prevented, treated, or ameliorated. — Christopher Howson

We were told the disability assistance is for the needy but I don’t know who needs more than our children. That is discriminatory and that is victimization. — Sonia Black

Disability doesn’t make you exceptional, but questioning what you think you know about it does. — Stella Young

In the last 12 months alone, we’ve seen the largest insurance brokers in America, the largest property and casualty companies in America, the largest title insurance companies, the largest financial service firms and the largest disability insurers all engaged in flagrant violations of their most basic obligations to their customers… This is not just a UnumProvident problem; it’s an insurance industry one. — John Garamendi

If you were going to buy a car you don’t buy the tires one place and the engine in another, … It doesn’t make sense and it is going to end up costing you more money than disability insurance. — Bob Hunter

They all focus on how we get people to save for disability when they are young and healthy. — Andrew Imparato

There’s nothing fun about stuff like estate planning, getting mammograms, or talking to a guy about long term disability insurance, but do it anyway. Trust me, the stress of not having done the above is prematurely aging. — Jen Lancaster

We empower individuals and want them to take charge of their lives. Having a disability does not preclude you from making your own decisions. — Lin Laing

Well, I’m part of disability rights mentality and efforts, as well, because I’m connected to her. I’m connected to Andrea and Aaron. — Jim Lampley

Our study documents a knowledge gap between racial/ethnic minorities and whites regarding stroke warning signs. It is paradoxical that racial and ethnic minorities at highest risk were least aware. As with heart attack, it is critical that women at risk for stroke know the warning signs because delayed treatment can lead to greater disability or death. — Anjanette Ferris

We believe we had developed an approach that first protects the rights of New York voters, while also providing disability access at polling sites. — Robert Brehm

We find that other employees are very enthusiastic about their fellow crew members who have disabilities-or what they previously thought of as disabilities. — Carl Karcher

Nancy Reagan, when presented with kids with really painful disabilities and deformities, she was completely undaunted. — Cynthia Nixon

Our first quarter results were affected by comparatively higher claims expense in both our employee benefits and individual disability businesses, which we have said can fluctuate widely from quarter to quarter. The slower rate of premium growth for the quarter was largely attributable to the effects of our ongoing commitment to pricing discipline in what was noted as a very price competitive renewal and sales environment for the quarter. — Eric Parsons

Remove advertising, disable a person or firm from proclaiming its wares and their merits, and the whole of society and of the economy is transformed. The enemies of advertising are the enemies of freedom. — David Ogilvy

Disability informs almost every part of my life. It’s as important, if not more so, than my gender and sexuality. It’s certainly a great deal more important to me than my religion or whether or not I caught a tram, ferry or bus to work. — Stella Young

It’s obvious that something needs to be done. We’re almost at a 40 percent disability rate. — Mike Tracy

Tobacco use is the single most important preventable cause of death and disability in the United States. On some level, this foundation is the World Series of public health, — Cheryl Healton

Growing up in a group home, and with an undiagnosed learning disability to boot, the odds of success were not on my side. But when I joined the high school football team, I learned the value of discipline, focus, persistence, and teamwork – all skills that have proven vital to my career as a C.E.O. and social entrepreneur. — Darell Hammond

The only true disability is a crushed spirit — Aimee Mullins

He held the torch, with the world watching and somehow, his disability enhanced his persona. He continues to have an energetic spirit. You see that man ascending to light the Olympic torch. What city wouldn’t want to embrace a native son like that? — Tom Owen

I didn’t learn to read until I was almost 14 years old. Reading out loud for me was a nightmare because I would mispronounce words or reconstruct things that weren’t even there. That’s when one of my teachers discovered I had a learning disability called dyslexia. Once I got help, I read very well! — Patricia Polacco

Strokes are preventable and treatable. Prompt treatment of patients experiencing stroke saves lives and reduces disability. — Charles W. Pickering

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in our nation. — Mary Bono

I hesitate to call it landmark. Other people have called it landmark … but it is one of the first times that a jury has found in favor of a morbidly obese person based on disability and awarded significant compensation. — Michael Ross

Sometimes I wonder if I’m as famous for my wheelchair and disabilities as I am for my discoveries — Stephen Hawking

This one is as bad as it gets. You’ve got a case here where she’s threatened with an ax and various weapons over a prolonged period of time and held hostage. This guy knew that she had a disability and still did this. — Amy Klobuchar

The bill devalues disability by suggesting suicide as cure for disability. We are treating the bill today as we did last year — with full-force opposition. — Teresa Favuzzi

Right now, the way your law is written, if a police officer gets shot in the line of duty, he gets accidental disability retirement. … He gets no health benefits. — Matt Giacobbe

This way, a person with a disability isn’t left hanging while the request works its way through the system. — Sarah Hawthorne

Disability insurance is something that every adult should look at. — Jim Owens

There are probably people working next to you, and you wouldn’t know it because they don’t mention it. People learn to cope with their disability and are able to get jobs. — Dr. Gillam

We want to make the community aware that everyone has the right to be buried with dignity, whether you’re a person with a disability or not. — Donald Roberts

We’re building on an international network with many others for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are so many things we can do to carry forward policies. — Janet Reno

With a penetrating vision you can dissipate the obstruction, remove the obstacle, dissolve the wrong condition. — Ernest Holmes

Based on objective tests of physical impairment, we found that the patients had levels of functional disability comparable to what you would see with congestive heart failure, as well as pain comparable to what you might expect in patients coming out of surgery, and fatigue comparable to patients with multiple sclerosis, — Brian Fallon

It became very clear to me that Yooralla was not as interested in media coverage that explored issues faced by people with disability as it was in giving a pat on the back to journalists who maintained the status quo by giving readers the warm and fuzzies over their morning paper. — Stella Young

This agreement will serve as both a tribute to a true American hero who led our nation through its darkest days and as a reminder that disability is not a barrier to achievement. — Al Gore

John was a brilliant playwright, a tireless advocate for the disabled, a profound thinker, and a warm and generous friend. His disability gave him a powerful understanding of how it requires a community to make us fully human. — Oskar Eustis

People with this disability find it very hard to block out competing noises. For example, if a person with this disability was having a conversation with another person, and a fan was blowing in the room, the person with the disability might not be able to block out the fan and lose the conversation. A noisy class environment could make it tough. — Dr. Gillam

My son Alessandro was always so terrific with his sister, and the three of us-Alessandro, Allegra and myself-made the highs as high as we could, and mostly tried to laugh at the lows. I have written about some of the difficulties a learning disability can cause a family, but there is always an up side to everything. — Anne Ford

It was Jacques Chirac and Schroeder both, who pushed us into a conflict to remove Milosevic. — Curt Weldon

This disability rights initiative demonstrates the Department’s continuing commitment to help state and local governments — including law enforcement — understand and comply with the ADA. — Wan Kim

The battle to find a workplace that’s wheelchair accessible is a feat in itself, let alone an employer who’s going to be cool about employing someone with a disability in a job you actually want to do. — Stella Young

When I entered federal parliament at the end of 2007, I was appointed parliamentary secretary for disabilities. — Bill Shorten

Many people with physical disabilities have romantic lives and good marriages to partners who see past their disabilities and recognize all of the things they can do. — Jeanne Phillips

It is a really simple program. All students have to do is fill out a contract saying they’ll attend class and take notes. The disability center provides the paper and copies so students can simply come by anytime and drop off the notes. — Heather Jensen

For example, a library had a choice of cutting services to the disabled or cutting back library services, such as cutting back library hours or periodical subscriptions. The boss wanted to cut the disability services. That’s the dilemma. — Michael Schinler

Everyone has in their mind a picture of someone with a disability, and it comes from past experience. It is so much broader than that. For us to sit here and say what they can do would be just as complicated as saying what somebody without a disability can do. — Jane Collins

Assuming that the person with a disability is using an appropriately trained animal, the assistance animal should be admitted … unless the animal presents a direct threat to others. — Eric Holland

Disability insurance is not cheap. But you have to weigh your own situation: what would happen to your own personal lifestyle if tomorrow morning you could not work any more? What would you do? Unless you have a rich uncle, that is. — Jim Owens

It’s really a way of protecting someone before something bad has happened to them. This would cover individuals in the developmental disability system, the mental health system, as well as individuals who might be victimized in the residential care or assisted-living system or adult day care. — Richard Cohen

He’s got courage. Most people would use a disability as a reason to not do what they love. But not Wade. He’s one of a kind. And his courage gives me courage. — Chris Coleman

Its not our disabilities, its our abilities that count. — Chris Burke

This study confirms that dyslexic children can be typically smart and can have strong IQs. The reading disability is not a global effect on entire brain function. — Jeffrey Gruen

Employers have recognized for some time that it’s smart business to have a diverse workforce – one in which many views are represented and everyone’s talents are valued. Well, disability is part of diversity. — Thomas Perez

And I really believe that. Asthma is NOT a disability! — Dominique Wilkins

A lot of employers are dead scared to do anything with a worker who has an illness or disability with respect to termination or disciplinary action. — John Doran

Generally speaking, and not in all instances, those schools that have higher percentages of students receiving special education services are going to tend to do less well on the tests. It’s the nature of an education disability that it makes it more difficult for you to learn in some respect or another. — David Ernst

The last thing you ever want to do is extend the period of frailty and disability and make people unhealthy for a longer time period. So lifespan extension in and of itself should not be the goal of medicine, nor should it be the goal of public health, nor should it be the goal of aging science. — S. Jay Olshansky

Having a disability changes your whole life, not just your attitude. — Bob Dole

Rick talks through the use of a computer generator, but his first words to me, ‘I can,’ highlight his ability to be normal and to fit in with a population that is disabled but still a part of humanity. The film shows clearly that he can overcome his disability if he can do all of this. — John Michalczyk

The thing about living with any disability is that you adapt; you do what works for you. — Stella Young

A great deal of pressure was then built up to remove me from the club and my resignation was, finally, a forced one. — David R. Brower

There seems to be so much shame wrapped up in speech disabilities. It seems very sad and complicated all at the same time. — Danica McKellar

The winner must promote social jusitce, remove corruption and discrmination, and stand against political, cultural and economic plots. — Ali Khamenei

We who are old know that age is more than a disability. It is an intense and varied experience, almost beyond our capacity at times, but something to be carried high. — Florida Scott-Maxwell

I just barely got through school. The problem was a learning disability, at a time when there was no where to get help. — Bruce Jenner

In the 1980s, life expectancy was increasing and the best data that we had suggested that for every increased year of life expectancy, a greater fraction was disabled life expectancy. That led to a pessimistic perception that what we would see was a piling up of chronic illness and related disability, that medical science could extend life but it couldn’t prevent disability or cure it. — Richard Suzman

If someone has an offensive odor that’s not caused by a disability or illness, American can remove them from the flight. — Tim Wagner

I have terrible handwriting. I now say it’s a learning disability… but a nun who was a very troubled woman hit me over the fingers with a ruler because my writing was so bad. — Andrew Greeley

Too often people look at the disability only and are quick to diagnose someone or try and figure out what is ‘wrong’ with them, when they should be treating them as people and looking at what they can do. The men on this trip gain a better understanding of people with disabilities: they grow as people, they learn that service to others is the most important thing that one can do in their lifetime and they also have the sense of accomplishment with their 4,000 miles of cycling. — Matt Brooks

We know that more people will live longer in retirement, but also that more retirees will have longer periods of time when they can travel, spend, and enjoy due to lower levels of chronic disability among the elderly. What a shame it would be if the health constraints that many older people faced were replaced by financial constraints due to lack of proper planning. — Dan Houston

If we do everything right, the best we can do is live out our potential with as little age-related disease and disability as possible. — S. Jay Olshansky

I’m not an advocate for disability issues. Human issues are what interest me. — Aimee Mullins

When we got home from that race that night, Rick wrote on the computer, ‘Dad, when I run it feels like my disability disappears.’ So, that was a very powerful message to me. — Dick Hoyt

Whether you are completely remodeling your home or using some of the readily available low-cost adaptive products, creating a safe, comfortable and accessible environment is not planning for disability – it’s planning for continued independence. — Bob Vila

I have a strong sense that I have to educate people about disability. — Oscar Pistorius

So, for example, if a child is labeled as having a learning disability, it has very concrete consequences for the kinds of services and potentially accommodations that child will get. — Robert Sternberg

Even this disability from which I suffer I have assumed by the very fact that I live; I surpass ittoward my own projects, I make of it the necessary obstacle for my being and I cannot be crippledwithout choosing myself as crippled. This means that I choose the way I constitute my disability (as’unbearable’, ‘humiliating, ‘to be hidden’, ‘to be revealed to all’). — Jean-Paul Sartre

My disability exists not because I use a wheelchair, but because the broader environment isn’t accessible. — Stella Young

I had learning disabilities, and I couldn’t express myself in the written word, — Laura Linney

For me, the wheelchair symbolizes disability in a way a cane does not. — Annette Funicello

Entrepreneurs with disabilities are overwhelmingly successful. — David Brenner

In your passage of this ordinance, we’re not saying that we’re paying the medical bills of people who in the past didn’t qualify. I don’t foresee that being a problem whatsoever. … It’s relatively limited to the area of disability retirement. — Matt Giacobbe

Some employees might want health insurance. Some might want life insurance. Some might want disability insurance. Some might just want the cash. This is a good tool to maximize employee satisfaction, — Michael Goodman

In the absence of evidence of fraud, we’re not going to put our veterans through the anxiety of a widespread review of their disability claims, — Jim Nicholson

A brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. These individuals typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence. — National Institute

Why are they doing this review if not to cut benefits? … Remember these were claims that were allowed at the time. They are also not going back to review claims that they denied and should not have been. . . . I think this is going to make VA decision-makers tighter with their grants for disability payments. — Dave Gorman

It’s the thing I struggle with every day: the mental diligence and stamina needed to sit in front of the computer, open the file, start writing and to keep doing so, word after word, until I’ve created the next story. A combination of learning disability and chronic health issues make that the hardest thing for me. — Nalo Hopkinson

I seem to be thinking rationally again in the style that is characteristic of scientists. However, this is not entirely a matter of joy as if someone returned from physical disability to good physical health. — John Forbes Nash, Jr.

One of the best things to do is to consult the disability community. Have a student with a disability walk the campus with you. There is practical stuff that can be done quickly. — Sarah Hawthorne

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