Today I wanted to feature three more people who were very successful despite of having devlopmental disabilities. The first is Carl Erskine who was born with autism. Carl was the pitcher for the Dodgers baseball team from 1948-1959, and in the years of 1942 & 1956 threw two no-hitter games...way to go Carl!
The second is Loretta Claiborne who lived with developmental disabilities. Loretta was the first person with mental retardation to serve on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors, and is also believed to be the first person with mental retardation ever awarded an honorary doctoral degree.
Finally Chris Burke, who also had developmental delays, grew to become an actor that held the main role in the tv series Life Goes On. All of these people did not accept their 'label' as a limition and persued their dreams to become very successful in their fields. They are an inspiration to us all!