Famous People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The concept of fame, while elusive at times, refers in general to awareness or popularity of an individual in the eyes of the public on a communal, national, or global scale. Famous people are often looked on with favor; used as examples of success; and known for their unique attributes, accomplishments, or characteristics. People can be famous for many different reasons, including success in sports, the arts, politics, advocacy, and more. Fame can have the effect of bringing attention to individuals and the groups to which they belong as well as any labels that they carry. For example, Helen Keller is well known for her personal accomplishments, which brings attention to and a heightened public understanding of individuals who are deaf and blind.

Fame has the ...

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