Martin Deschamps is a relatively famous Quebec rock star. He was born on June 23rd, 1970 and became interested in music at a very young age. He received his first drum set when he was only eleven years old. But, something sets him apart from other music stars: He only has one leg and one full arm with two stubs instead of fingers. His left arm is cut off at the elbow. He was born this way and learned to live with it early on.
And that didn’t stop him from becoming the one thing he had been dreaming of for quite some time: a singer and instrument player. Even though he is missing half an arm, he can play both the drums and the guitar. His positive attitude and perseverance led him on the path he is currently following. When he can, he gives motivational speeches and talks to youngsters going through the same things he went through. He also speaks to elementary school students in order to inform them on the differences that handicapped people need to deal with on a daily basis and to change their way of seeing those who have to live with this form of disability. He wants others to see him as a person and not an incomplete human.
Martin Deschamps is now the spokesperson for Quebec’s Handicapped People’s Week, which is a period of time that is dedicated to handicapped people and everything surrounding them.
His work also led him to attempting to combine his passion, which is music, with the work he does to inform people on the rights and the fights that handicapped people live with every day. He now has five albums out and still regularly does tours in elementary and high schools.
He has been a charmer from a very young age. He would become very popular at school in every grade he attended until completion of high school. Today, he owns a motorcycle that was adapted to his handicap and he adores driving it around.
Although he understands that there is quite a lot of discrimination against handicapped people, he claims that it is not an obstacle and that life can go one even though one is different.