Loretta Claiborne was born partially blind and could not walk or talk until she was four. Officials recommended that she be put into an institution—a common treatment for America’s “defectives” in the 1950s. Her mother refused.
Today Ms. Claiborne has 26 marathons and a black belt in karate to her name. She travels the world to speak for people like herself. Her purpose is to exemplify and to usher in a fresh understanding of ‘disability’. Definitions change over time: the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities calls disability an “evolving concept”.