My friend Leslie shared this video with me regarding adversity. The talk was done by Aimee Mullins who 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, she became the first double amputee to compete in NCAA Division 1 track and field.
It gives lots of interesting perspective to words that are used to describe someone, including the use of the word disabled.
Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity Video on TED.com