Erasing Stephen Hawking's disability erases an important part of who he was

Los Angeles Times
Media Coverage
By Jessica Roy

In the days since Stephen Hawking's death, obituaries have described him as being "confined" or "chained" to a wheelchair, as someone who "overcame" his disability and succeeded in spite of it.

None of those things are true. Stephen Hawking had a disability, and Stephen Hawking used a wheelchair. His work was possible because of those things, not in spite of them.

In fact, Hawking — a tireless advocate for disability rights when he wasn't busy unlocking the secrets of the universe — viewed those things as a positive...