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Famous People with Learning Differences as Great Examples

It’s a pity that we are not more aware of the strengths of dyslexia. Consider the list of famous dyslexics. Furthermore, those famous people are great examples. Their stories can contribute to create more self-esteem, belief in one-self, pride and motivated everyone with a learning Disability.

"Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another; it is the only means" – Albert Einstein.

To name a few: scientists like Albert Einstein, inventors like Thomas Edison, business people like Richard Branson, statesmen like Winston Churchill and John Kennedy, military leaders like George Patton, sports heroes like Jacky Stewart, musicians like John Lennon, actors like Anthony Hopkins, authors like Agatha Christie, designers like Walt Disney, etc.). We see a list of people who did use their dyslexic advantages and became very successful in their field. Why not use them as inspiring models: they are living proof that dyslexia doesn’t need to be a disadvantage, but on the contrary can become even a strong advantage.

These famous dyslexics proof that nurturing the dyslexic capabilities contributes to their own potential and happiness. In fact, they even contribute to a better world by using their abilities: Einstein used his imagination to come up with relativity theory; Edison used his to invent; Disney to entertain us; Churchill to rally the British against Nazi Germany; Branson and other entrepreneurs to create better products and services whilst creating employment in the process.

"I think that kids and adults need role models, we need to see people who have overcome struggles," said Melissa Stotts, vice president of the dsylexia association's Southwest branch ,"Dyslexia Didn't Stop Famed TV Writer" Article by A. Gusterman, October 2001.

Here are examples and quotes of some of those successful people with dyslexia or related learning disabilities organized by activity:

All the content of famous people with dyslexia or a related learning disability has moved to Happy Dyslexic 



Inventors & Scientists.

Military Heroes.

Leaders & Politicians.

Musicians & Vocalists.

Actors & People in the Movie Industry.

Artists & Designers.



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