12 portrait illustrations of disabled famous figures

Illustrated 12 portraits of famous figures who were/are highly successful despite their disabilities. These illustrations were done for a calendar/notebook for Abjad Center, a center for people with disabilities in KSA.

Here’s a select few of the illustrations with a summary of the figures’ inspiring stories.

Taha Hussein portrait illustration by Hanane Kai 

Taha Hussein

1889 – 1973, Egypt

Taha Hussein became blind at the age of three, yet he grew up to be one of the most influential Egyptian writers and intellectuals of the 20th century.

Nick Vujicic portrait illustration by Hanane Kai 

Nick Vujicic

1982, Australia

Born with no limbs, Nick didn’t have an easy life, yet came to terms with his disability; he is now an international motivational speaker who’s speeches focus on life with a disability, hope and finding meaning in life.

Louis Braille portrait illustration by Hanane Kai 

Louis Braille

1809 -1852 France

Blinded by an accident Braille developed a mastery over that blindness; and invented braille, a system of reading and writing for blind people.

Hellen Keller portrait illustration by Hanane Kai 

Hellen Keller

1880 – 1968, United States

Helen Keller was an author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Thomas Edison portrait illustration by Hanane Kai 

Thomas Edison

1847 – 1931, United States

Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Edison developed hearing problems at an early age.


Calendar/notebook design by THE Loft creative hub.


Abjad center believes in a better future for disabled people in KSA and is hoping to inspire and motivate the laters by showing them examples of highly successful disabled famous figures.