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A Scientist and his Advices on DisabilityIn an article posted on his official website, professor Stephen Hawking narrateshow his life changed after learning that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Hawking isan internationally acclaimed theoretical physicist, whose theories and works on thesubject are highly respected. Not only is he known for his remarkable gifts tocontemporary science, but he is also considered a public figure because of his numerousapparitions on television and other media. To many, Hawking may seem like a complexcharacter surrounded by many question marks. This might be why he decided to publishthis small article, as to clear up any misconceptions on his condition and to explain howhe attained such a high level of recognition. The article contains a lot of information, suchas his life before the announcement of his illness, his life afterwards and his presentsituation.Hawking starts off by telling the events prior and leading up to the discovery of his illness. As a child, he was never really into sports or any other physical activity and hespecifies that he
had never been very well co-ordinated physically as a child
(Hawking). He began to notice a difference in his daily physical activities and generalwell-being around the age of seventeen. A few years and incidents after, his father took him to a doctor, which then referred him to a specialist to take some tests. It was at theage of twenty-one that he learned about his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He goes on todescribe a darker phase in his life, one where he was not sure if he would survive tocomplete his PhD. As time flew by, he began to live for the moment and eventually got to