Barrier-Free Successful People 1: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

In our last article, we briefly touched on the people who became successful despite any advanced developments through many unimaginable obstacles that became the hope for many who live with disabilities. One of such people was “Franklin Delano Roosevelt”, who persevered through an abundant amount of difficulties and achieved greatness.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, known by the abbreviation “FDR” and the 32nd President of the United States, was born on January 30, 1882, in New York. He served as President of the United States from 1932 to 1945, winning election four times consecutively. There has never been a president in the history of the United States other than Roosevelt who has ever been elected more than twice.

You may still wonder and ask what makes this man so special. Well, what makes him interesting is the fact that he won the United States presidential election 4 times and was the longest-serving president of the United States despite being permanently paralyzed from the waist down after an illness in 1921. Though being paralyzed, Roosevelt continued through his struggle in life with a wheelchair without giving up. He learned to walk short distances by making great efforts and taking advantage of the technologies of the day. He was elected Governor of New York in 1929 and held that office until 1932. He won the presidential elections of the United States of America in 1932, 1936, 1940, and 1944 with tremendous success and held this office until his death.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who achieved these great successes without any hindrance despite being paraplegic, benefited from the technological opportunities of that day while demonstrating these successes. In this context, he learned to walk short distances by turning his body, supporting him with a cane, and attaching iron wires to his hips and legs. Although the technologies advance continuously every day, the products and opportunities that we have today are far superior. There are many technical possibilities such as electric wheelchairs, electric bicycles, mobility scooters. With the help of a technological tool that we have mentioned above, you can become more involved with the day to day lifestyle. You can aim to achieve success as Franklin Delano Roosevelt once did, or at the very least make your life more comfortable. We believe in you, as you believe in yourself. Your physical disability does not and should not prevent you from living your life.

See you in our next article.