Einstein / Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner
Ann Bancroft / Arctic Explorer
Alexander Graham Bell / Inventor
Wernher von Braun / Rocket Engineer
Dr. Simon Clemmet / Scientist
Pierre Curie, Physicist (1903 Nobel
Thomas Edison / Inventor
say I'm addled . . . my father thought I was stupid, and I almost
decided I must be a dunce."
Michael Faraday / Physicist
Ford / Inventor
John R. Horner / Paleontologist, author
I barely made it
through school. I read real slow. But I like to find things that
nobody else has found, like a dinosaur egg that has an embryo
inside. Well, there are 36 of them in the world, and I found 35."
Hollenbach / Astronomical Photographer & Inventor
Lear / Inventor
Lindbergh / Aviator
Dr. James Lovelock / pioneer in the
development of environmental awareness
Sir Issac Newton / Scientist & Mathematician
Whitney / Inventor
VonNeumann / Mathematician
& Wilbur Wright / Inventors
Field of Medicine
Harvey Cushing / Neurosurgeon
Fred Epstein / Neurosurgeon
James / Psychologist
Edward Hallowell / Psychiatrist
Martin / Chemist 1952 Nobel Laureate
John Robert Skoyles / Brain Researcher
C. Sweeney / Doctor, author
Taussig / Pediatric Cardiologist
John W. House / President, House Ear
World Renowned Research Facility
Harry Anderson / TV actor, comedian
Astaire / Performer
Michael Barrymore / British
comedian, TV host
Bloom / actor
George Burns / Actor and comedian
Enrico Caruso / Opera singer
Tom Cruise/ Actor
"I had to
train myself to focus my attention. I became very visual and learned
how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read."
Patrick Dempsey /Actor
Harrison Ford / Actor
Dave Foley / Actor
Danny Glover / Actor
"Kids made fun of
me because I was dark skinned, had a wide nose, and was dyslexic.
Even as an actor, it took me a long time to realize why words and
letters got jumbled in my mind and came out differently."
Gold / TV actress
Whoopi Goldberg / Actress, comedian
Anthony Hopkins / Actor
My childhood was
"awful" - not because of any lack of parental love, but because I
was so hopeless at school. I was a moody, lonely, an only child
whose main pleasure was playing the piano and whose father worried
about him not being like other boys. I believe that success has made
me a nicer person. "I feel more responsive to other people because
I'm not so insecure. I just feel reassured that I wasn't the moron I
thought I was."
Bob Hoskins / Actor
Keira Knightley / Actress
Susan Hampshire / Actress
Salma Hayek / Actress
Jay Leno / Comedian, "Tonight Show" host
Billy Bob Thornton / Actor
Liv Tyler / Actress
Will Smith / Actor, musician
Tom Smothers / Actor, singer,
Henry Winkler / Actor, author
a child, I was called stupid and lazy. On the SAT I got 159 out of
800 in math. My parents had no idea that I had a learning
disability. If you will it, it is not a dream. The great thing about
a learning problem is it forces you to become a problem solver."
Williams / Actor Comedian
Reed / Actor
Keanu Reeves / Actor
Edward James Olmos / Actor
Jill Pages / Trapeze artist
Loretta Young / Actress
"I hated school.
One of the reasons was a learning disability, dyslexia, which no one
understood at the time. I still can't spell."
"I never read
in school. I got really bad grades--D's and F's and C's in some
classes, and A's and B's in other classes. In the second week of the
11th grade, I just quit. When I was in school, it was really
difficult. Almost everything I learned, I had to learn by listening.
My report cards always said that I was not living up to my
potential. Don't focus on how Dyslexia makes life
tougher......instead........hear the invisible voices of creativity
that sing louder in your heart that those less fortunate people who
have not been given our gift (curse) to challenge them to greater
heights. Make peace with it and fly!"
Noel Gallagher / Oasis Guitarist
Nigel Kennedy / Violinist
Jewel / Singer, actress
Belafonte / Singer, actor, producer, human rights activist
"I grew up in a
school system . . . where nobody understood the meaning of learning
disorder. In the West Indies, I was constantly being physically
abused because the whipping of students was permitted."
Brad Little / Stage actor, singer
John Lennon / Singer, songwriter,
expelled from four schools. Today I still read with difficulty."
Britney Spears / Singer
River Phoenix / Actor
Achilles Poulos / Greek Entertainer
Bob Weir / Grateful Dead Guitarist
Usher / Singer
Political / Legal
Erin Brockovich / Activist
"Life is full of
challenges. How you handle this challenge is what builds character.
Never be afraid to be who you are."
David Boies / Attorney
Brady / US Secretary Treasury
Herbert Walker Bush / 41st U.S. President
W. Bush / 43rd President of the United States
Winston Churchill / Prime Minister Of England
"I was, on the
whole, considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not
pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at
the beginning of the race."
Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
H. Gallet / Judge
Michael Heseltine / British Prime Minister
Jackson / 7th President of the United States
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson
Lyndon Johnson / President of the
Thomas Jefferson / President of the United States
John Fitzgerald Kennedy / President of the United States
Newsom / Mayor of San Francisco
General George S. Patton / General, pilot
"Young George . .
. although he was bright and intelligent and bursting with energy,
he was unable to read and write. Patton's wife corrected his
spelling, his punctuation, and his grammar."
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt / First Lady
Rockefeller / Vice President
Wilson / President of the United States
George Washington / President of the United States
Wellstone / U.S. Senator
Peter W. D. Wright / Lawyer, Author Wrightslaw
dyslexia is not a disability. The unique strengths and
characteristics of dyslexia allow me to think "outside the box".
Until I was taught the Orton Gillingham approach, I did not have the
basic reading, writing, and arithmetic skills necessary for
Ansel Adams / Photographer.
Scott Adams / Cartoonist, "Dilbert"
David Bailey / British Photographer
Nicole Betancourt / Emmy-winning
Benton / Director
Buonarroti / Artist
da Vinci / Artist
Daniels / author of mystery novels
Walt Disney / Producer, animation artist, theme park pioneer
John Ferrie / Artist
Gomez / Muralist
Ritchie / Film director and husband of Madonna
Taylor / Author of Big Trout.
Hicks / Sculptress
Rodin / Sculptor
Buckley Moss / Artist
Pablo Picasso / Artist
Rauschenberg / Artist
Utzon / Architect
Rogers / Architect
Kragh Jacobsen / Danish film director
Poulos / Photographer, Writer / Philosopher / Philanthropist
Spielberg / Filmmaker
Strahan / Architect, Artist
Toth / Artist , sculptor
Vincent van Gogh / Artist
Andy Warhol / Artist
Richard Branson / Founder of Virgin Enterprises
G. Chris Anderson /
Managing Director of Drexel Burnham
Wall Street Investment banking firm
Bacque / Inventor & Entrepreneur,
A.S. Bacque Enterprises, Inc.
T Chambers / CEO of Cisco Systems
John Corcoran /
how your brain works; recognize and understand the problems of
learning differently. It is hard work to teach people like me, and
it is hard for people like me to learn. To learn to read and spell
makes me feel successful---at last I am whole."
Curry / Chairman & CEO of Greyhound Bus
Guyer / Nerf ball developer
Hewlett / Co-Founder of Hewlett-Packard
Hilfiger / Fashion designer
Steve Jobs / Founder of Apple Computer
McCaw / Founder of McCaw Cellular
Morrison / Owner / The Right Stuff Centers
Messelbeck / Genentech
founder of McKee Foods.
David Murdock / CEO of Dole Foods
CEO of jetBlue Airways.
J. Orfalea / Founder and Chairman of Kinko's
Anthony Parle / Managing Director of Parle Foods
Charles Schwab / Investor & multimillionaire businessman
"I couldn't read.
I just scraped by. My solution back then was to read classic comic
books because I could figure them out from the context of the
pictures. Now I listen to books on tape."
Silva / Co-owner Silvabodas.com Construction & Design
Smith / Former CEO of Bell Atlantic
Strauss / Real estate developer
Ochs Sulzberger / Harvard University
Thompson / Commercial video producer
Ted Turner / Founder and President of Turner Broadcasting Systems
J. Watson Jr. / Former CEO of IBM
Woolworth / Department store innovator
Wrigley, Jr. / Founder of Wrigley Chewing Gum
Earnest Hemingway / Author
Avi / Children's author & illustrator
/ Author of "My Name is Brain Brian"
Christian Anderson / Author
Cannell / TV writer
"Since I was the
stupidest kid in my class, it never occurred to me to try and be
perfect, so I've always been happy as a writer just to entertain
myself. That's an easier place to start. Always look on the bright
side of things. Be positive; negativity is the mother of failure. If
you believe in yourself, you will somehow succeed."
Lewis Carroll / Author
Agatha Christie / Author
was always recognized . . . as the "slow one" in the family. It was
quite true, and I knew it and accepted it. Writing and spelling were
always terribly difficult for me. My letters were without
originality. I was an extraordinarily bad speller and have remained
so until this day."
Fannie Flagg / Author
Flaubert / French novelists
Davis / Writer, educator
John Irving / Author
Debbie Macomber / Author
Mullen / 19-year-old playwright
Patricia Polacco / Children's author & illustrator
Girard Sagmiller / Author
Joseph Smith / Writer of The Book of Mormon
Daniels Squire / Author
Twain / Author
/ Author of Biological Time
Victor Villase˝or / Author
"Once the fog
lifts, dyslexics are prone to genius. Because theirs is such a
unique way of looking at reality."
Butler Yeats / Poet
Terry Bradshaw / Football player, tv host
Rulon Gardner / Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler
Duncan Goodhew / Olympic Swimmer
Bruce Jenner / Olympic Decathlete
just barely got through school. The problem was a learning disability,
at a time when there was nowhere to get help. A champion lives deep down
inside each one of us. Find the area in your life you can excel in and
dare yourself to be the best you can possibly be."
Magic Johnson / Basketball player
"The looks, the stares, the giggles . . . I wanted to show everybody
that I could do better and also that I could read."
Louganis / Olympic Diver
Dan O'Brien / Olympic Decathlete
Babe Ruth / Baseball player
Don Coryell / Football Coach
forced me to concentrate and think out problems. It also helped me to
use my imagination to visualize solutions in new and different ways. I
had to work harder, longer, and be more determined to succeed."
Steven Redgrave / Olympic Rower
Jackie Stewart / Race car driver
"For a dyslexic
who does not yet know they are dyslexic, life is like a big high wall
you never think you will be able to climb or get over. The moment you
understand there is something called dyslexia, and there are ways of
getting around the problem, the whole world opens up."
Neil Smith / Football player, author
Muhammad Ali / Boxer
Bob May / Golfer
Joe Montana / Football player
Diamond Dallas Page / World Wrestling Champion
Shea, Jr. / gold medal 2002 Winter Olympics
Ryan / Baseball player
"When I had dyslexia, they didn't diagnose it as
that. It was frustrating and embarrassing. I could tell you a lot of
horror stories about what you feel like on the inside. Keep pitching!
Don't let failure of your last pitch affect the success of your next
Billy Banks / Fitness instructor, creator
Neil Smith / Football player
Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr. /
Frank Dunkle /Director of U.S. Fish
& Wildlife Service
Tommy Hilfiger / Designer
poorly at school, when I attended, that is, and was perceived as
stupid because of my dyslexia. I still have trouble reading. I have
to concentrate very hard at going left to right, left to right,
otherwise my eye just wanders to the bottom of the page."
Peggy Selinger-Eaton / Home Staging
Expert - Author Sell Your Home For Profit.
Martha Stewart /
learning disability has been a great advantage to me. I've had to
work harder to be equal to my peers and that has instilled in me a
strong work ethic and perseverance. I believe that it is these
qualities that have led me directly to my success."
Vince McMahon / World Wrestling
Jamie Oliver / The Naked Chef