As more and more celebrities come forward about their struggles with disabilities, it helps reduce the stigma around living with a disability. While some actors and actresses may deal with more obvious physical disabilities, there are also those who struggle with invisible ones like a mental health disability, fibromyalgia disability, or a disability for anxiety. When you are trying to live your life with a disability, especially one that means you are unable to work, it’s important to know that you are not alone.
Millie Bobby Brown
Stranger Things is one of the most popular TV series of the last few years. The success of the series brought fame to the entire cast, including Millie Bobbie Brown, who had been working hard at being an actress since the age of eight. What many people may not realize is that Brown was born with partial hearing loss in one ear which eventually progressed into total loss.
All four seasons of Stranger Things are currently available on Netflix.
Despite being one of the most famous actors of the last few decades, Tom Cruise has struggled with dyslexia since the age of seven. He describes himself as “functionally illiterate” Cruise eventually learned to overcome his disability.
Top Gun and Edge of Tomorrow are just two of the Tom Cruise movies you can watch on Netflix right now.
Suicide Squad star Cara Delevingne has been open about her struggles with dyspraxia, or Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), which can affect your coordination skills as well as your fine motor skills. She credits therapy and medication with helping her get through tough times in her teenage years.
Suicide Squad and Paper Towns are available to rent on Amazon Prime.
Johnny Depp has had a long career, from A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 to the more recent Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He revealed to Rolling Stone in 2013 that he is blind in one eye with terrible vision in the other. “Everything is just very, very blurry,” he says. “I’ve never had proper vision.”
Several Johnny Depp movies are currently streaming on Netflix, including Donnie Brasco and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease at the age of 29 but didn’t share this until 1998. After taking a ten-year break in the new millennium, Fox returned to acting full-time, receiving several awards and nominations within the last decade.
The entire Back to the Future trilogy is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime.
In addition to chronic pain, Lady Gaga has been candid about dealing with PTSD, saying her fame has allowed her to teach people about these disabilities. “Now, when I see someone in pain I can’t look away,” she says. “I’m in problem-solving mode. I’ve got my suit on and my heels and I’m ready to go.”
The documentary Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two, in which the singer/actress discusses her disabilities, is streaming on Netflix.
In Breaking Bad, RJ Mitte portrayed a character with Cerebral Palsy, a condition he has in real life. "One thing I've learned from my disability,” says Mitte, “is that when there is an obstacle, you adapt and grow. You can't let that obstacle break you down and discourage you."
Breaking Bad is currently on Netflix.
Another well-known actor with dyspraxia is Daniel Radcliffe, who rose to fame as Harry Potter but has continued to act in a wide variety of films since departing the franchise. Although his condition is mild, it can impact his handwriting and his ability to tie his shoes.
The Woman in Black and Now You See Me 2 are streaming on Netflix.
“Between ages 15 and 20, it was really intense,” Stewart has said of her anxiety. “I was constantly anxious. I was kind of a control freak.” With age and practice, however, she has become more adept at handling her anxiety and panic attacks.
American Ultra can be streamed on Netflix.
Childhood actress Mara Wilson was diagnosed with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), depression and panic disorder, a few years after she starred in Matilda. Wilson has become an ambassador for mental health and embraced the theatre world, acting on stage and writing plays.
Matilda is available to watch on Netflix.
A Disability Law Firm Can Help
For those dealing with a disability who have had their disability claims denied or had their disability benefits cut off, it can feel hopeless. When you are unable to work, the stress of worrying about finances can make things worse. Remember that insurance companies deny disability claims all the time. It doesn’t mean that your illness or injury isn’t real and it doesn’t mean that you will be forced to go back to work.
If your disability claims have been denied, you will likely be allowed to appeal the decision by providing additional information for the insurance company to review. In most cases, appealing the decision further delays the matter, and creates more anxiety and financial pressure for you. By proceeding with legal action, you are forcing the insurance company to take your claim more seriously.
Before you appeal, contact Share Lawyers. We have experience in disability law and will help you understand your options and figure out what to do next. Our sole focus is to ensure that you get the long-term disability benefits you need and we will advocate on your behalf to ensure that happens. Remember we provide you with a free consultation so you can assess your options.
If your disability claim has been denied, contact the long-term disability lawyers that specialize at Share Lawyers. Our experienced team of long-term disability lawyers can help.