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Aimee Mullins: The Opportunity of Adversity

Her story is an intriguing one.  Yes she has had more access to possibilities than some, along with world wide modeling gigs and also 12 pairs of legs.  But her message is strong, poignant and everlasting.

“The only true disability is the crushed spirit.”

Not only is she strong willed and determined, she is a phenomenal speaker.  Please watch her Ted talk for 2009: The Opportunity of Adversity.  She discusses the stigma associated the word disabled and what it will take for society to re-define it.

Here is a short bio from her Ted Profile:

Aimee Mullins was born without fibular bones, and had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was an infant. She learned to walk on prosthetics, then to run — competing at the national and international level as a champion sprinter, and setting world records at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta. At Georgetown, where she double-majored in history and diplomacy, she became the first double amputee to compete in NCAA Division 1 track and field.

After school, Mullins did some modeling — including a legendary runway show for Alexander McQueen — and then turned to acting, appearing as the Leopard Queen in Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle. In 2008 she was the official Ambassador for the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.

She’s a passionate advocate for a new kind of thinking about prosthetics, and recently mentioned to an interviewer that she’s been looking closely at MIT’s in-development powered robotic ankle, “which I fully plan on having.”