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  • May 11 - Stanley Elkin - American writer. Elkin won the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, once for George Mills and once for Mrs.Ted Bliss. He had Multiple sclerosis.[1]
  • August 29 - Justin W. Dart, Jr. - Disability advocate. A staunch advocate for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Dart was present at the signing by President George H. Bush. "In 1989, Dart was appointed chair of the President’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, shifting its focus from its traditional stance of urging business to “hire the handicapped” to advocating for full civil rights for people with disabilities." Dart had post-polio syndrome.[2]
  • September 23 - Ray Charles Robinson - American musician famous for pop hits like "Georgia On My Mind" (our state song), "Hit the Road, Jack," and "I Can't Stop Loving You." He became blind as a child.[3]



  1. "Stanley Elkin." Literary Encyclopedia. November 6, 2003. Accessed on May 12, 2008.
  3. Biography: Ray Charles. The Ray Charles Foundation. Accessed September 14, 2010.
  4. "Harvey Washington Wiley, M.D.. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Accessed on June 2, 2008.