Writers with Disabilities:

In reading “On Criticism by Alexander Pope, famous 18th century writer, I learned that he’d had tuberculosis of the bone as a child.  He grew to be only 4-1/2 feet tall and had chronic pain apparently. This got me thinking about other writers with disabilities.  Since I find that my impairments can slow me down or demand a lot of my free time, I found the following small list inspiring.




John Milton

Jorge Luis Borges

Aldous Huxley



Helen Keller of course


Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and other Learning disabilities:

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Agatha Christie 

George Bernard Shaw

Jules Verne

W.B. Yeats

Patricia Polacco

John Irving

Octavia Butler


About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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