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Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that manifests primarily as a difficulty with written language, particularly with reading and spelling. Although dyslexia is the result of a neurological difference, it is not an intellectual disability. Dyslexia occurs at all levels of intelligence, average, above average, and highly gifted. Dyslexia is most commonly characterized by difficulties with learning how to decode at the word level, to spell, and to read accurately and fluently. There is no cure for dyslexia, but dyslexic individuals can learn to read and write with appropriate education or treatment. There is wide research evidence indicating that specialized phonics instruction can help remediate the reading deficits. In the United States, researchers estimate the prevalence of dyslexia to range from five to nine percent of school-aged children, though some have put the figure as high as 17 percent. A list of famous people who are Dyslexic or had Dyslexia: Agatha Christie - (15 September 1890 - 12 January 1976) Agatha Christie was the world's best selling book writer of all times only truly surpassed by the Bible and equaled by Shakespear, her books sold approximately 4 billion copies worldwide. Agatha suffered from dyslexia but in no way did it stop her from being creative and learning how to write, her mystery novels have always been some of the most captivating of all times. Her bestselling book was without a doubt "And then there was none" which was a source of inspiration for novelists and movie makers even many years after. Albert Einstein - (March 14, 1879 - April 18, 1955) Being one of the most important great minds of his century Albert Einstein was then known to suffer from dyslexia mainly because of his bad memory and his constant failure to memorize the simplest of things. He would not remember the months in the year yet he would succeed in solving some of the most complicated mathematical formulas of the time without any trouble. He may have never learned how to properly tie his shoelaces but his scientific contributions and theories still have a major effect on all of todays current knowledge of science. Alexander Graham Bell - (3 March 1847 - 2 August 1922) Well known as the inventor of the telephone Alexander was actually attempting to find a way that could make deaf people hear. His mother was slowly becoming deaf when Alexander was only 12 years old making him extremely sensitive to disabilities. Once older he was constantly seeking a way to cure them through technology. He himself had dyslexia which would cause him problems at school, but he always kept his interest for science, especially biology. He would show a great indifference for everything else and would have poor grades. Today Alexander Graham Bell is also well know as one of the founders of the National Geographic society.
is a Scottish former racing driver. winning . Due to dyslexia cher decided she would quit school and try to take some acting lessons in Los Angeles to finally do what she loved. Emerson gave Winkler an honorary doctorate of humane letters. better known as Jackie. "The Princess and the Pea" "Thumbelina". which was at the time successful in show business. 1945) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. In 1978. producer and author. Hans Christian Andersen . He is perhaps most famous for his role as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli on the popular sitcom Happy Days (1974-1984). "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Little Mermaid". OBE (born 11 June 1939 in Milton.(April 2 1805 . finally understood what he'd been grappling with all his life. Dyslexia never kept him from being who he was. Her mother tried to make money by singing and acting which ultimately brought Cher to follow into her footsteps. 1996) An Academy-Award winning Jewish-American actor and comedian George Burns was a man filled with joy. 1896-March 9. Dale S. director. 1947) A great actor in both Lethal Weapon with Mel Gibson and Predator 2. Danny Glover . nothing can stop you from obtaining it. and nicknamed The Flying Scot.Cher .Dale Brown is a strategic leadership consultant at Washington D. He says that dyslexia had given him the feeling that he was not worthy to learn and that the people around him would not care of what would happen to his education.(Born July 22. at age 31. Danny Glover suffered dyslexia at school when he was younger and the school staff would label him retarded. Winkler attended the McBurney School and received his bachelor's degree from Emerson College in 1967 and his MFA from the Yale School of Drama in 1970. Dale suffers herself from dyslexia and wants to tell the world that learning disabilities does not have to stop you from being who you want to be. Henry Winkler . Winkler has also received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Austin College. Hans wrote books such as "The Emperor's New Clothes". This definitely was not very encouraging for him but he ended up finding ways to feel better about himself. With time he eventually regained his self esteem and became a great actor. Brown . Winkler himself found that he was dyslexic. The beginning of Cher's lifetime career was at birth. he was a victim of dyslexia and showed the world that when you want something. They eventually made songs together and through fantastic duos with Sonny.C and an author. "The Snow Queen". Having struggled throughout his school years with unidentified dyslexia Winkler.Sir John Young Stewart.Henry Franklin Winkler (born October 30. a legend who had one of the longest American careers in show business history. He competed in Formula One between 1965 and 1973. when making a documentary about dyslexia. Her most recent book is called "Steps to Independance for people with Learning Disabilities" which was published by Learning Disabilities Association of America in 2005. West Dunbartonshire).(January 20. George was an entertainer until a few years before his 100th birthday. Jackie Stewart . One day while at the renowned Aldo's Coffee Shop her life changed upon meeting Sonny Bono. The books that he wrote have been translated into hundreds of different languages and continue to be distributed even today in millions of copies. 1946) Cher was a fatherless child and was most of the time very poor. It does not have to stop you from striving or harm your capabilities to integrate to everyday life. George Burns . He and his wife Gracie Allen would frequently team up on radio and television which made them both well known.(Born May 20.August 4 1875) Being an author of children's fantasy stories.
Having gone through fifteen schools in twelve years. he wrote his notes backwards. . Walt Disney had dyslexia. architect.Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci. . inventor. 1519) was a Tuscan polymath: scientist. Thomas Edison was dyslexic. 1847 . He had no patience.Earvin Effay Johnson. In the words of Magic Johnson: "The looks. director. including the phonograph and a long lasting light bulb. a problem child. Although unusual. 1452 . Leonardo conceived ideas vastly ahead of his own time. mathematician. unable to focus. (April 15. concentrated solar power. He stated that when something went wrong.Walter Elias Disney (December 5. and for his cheerful nature on and off the court. and outlining a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics. 1931) was an American inventor of Dutch origin and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world. Cruise has said that he suffered from abuse as a child. While Walt Disney was attending high school he also went to the Academy of Fine Arts. more commonly known as Tom Cruise. (born August 14.Thomas Cruise Mapother IV (born July 3. and philanthropist. the young Edison's mind often wandered. dyslexic writers are not even consciously aware that they are writing this way. a calculator. Most of the time." Thomas Edison . Walt Disney . Sir Jackie said "word blindness" meant he had to race to keep up with other pupils. was also a victim of bullying at school. He applied himself with a passion to whatever caught his attention. He also had the gift of dyslexia. Disney is notable as one of the most influential and innovative figures in the field of entertainment during the twentieth century. 1966) was an American film producer. Leonardo Da Vinci . In school.three World Drivers' Championships. and a mischief-maker. botanist. anatomist. 1959 in Lansing.December 15.October 18. Magic Johnson . . conceptualising a helicopter. Tom Cruise . and the double hull. This caused him to have double the school work than an average student on top of the fact that he also dealt with being dyslexic. He was noted to be terrible at mathematics. Johnson is acknowledged as one of the most popular NBA basketball players of all time. which is a learning disorder characterized by reading difficulties. and had difficulty with words and speech. engineer. a tank. He talked when he was supposed to be listening and did not listen when the teacher talked. voice actor. 1962). Jr. the giggles . Cruise. his father came down hard on him. 1901 . is an American actor and film producer.May 2. animator. I wanted to show everybody that I could do better and also that I could read. entrepreneur.Thomas Alva Edison (February 11. As an engineer. the stares. said he thought he was "thick" at school before discovering he was dyslexic. He was not wellcoordinated and did poorly in sports. sculptor. Former F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart. Michigan) is a retired American National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Most of the time. being well-known for his uncanny passing and dribbling skills. who dropped his father's name at age twelve. This was partially due to him suffering from dyslexia. painter. The cause of Edison's deafness has been attributed to a bout of scarlet fever during childhood and recurring untreated middle ear infections. screenwriter. In those days dyslexia wasn't something that got identified in many schools. but his attention was easily diverted. This ended Edison's three months of official schooling. musician and writer. this is a trait shared by many left-handed dyslexic people.
Harry Belafonte . comedian. and Germany. 1945) was a leading U.Harold George Belafonte. but as a teenager he taught himself shorthand to compensate and was able to achieve academically through determination and selfdiscipline. 1924). which he consistently worked to overcome. TV personality. He was actually quite good at subjects he enjoyed and in fact won several school prizes. 1885 . 1927) is an American musician. he returned to New York and settled there. he was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style in the 1950s. Churchill's impediment may also have been cluttering. Army general in World War II in campaigns in North Africa.. Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in New York City. Winston Churchill . Patton attended high school in Pasedena. His difficulty reading may have indicated dyslexia or A. In his autobiography he played up his low grades at Harrow. One of the most successful Jamaican musicians in history. and author. 1944) is an American author and actress. According to several sources Winston Churchill was not dyslexic and had no learning disability whatsoever. KBE (November 11. most likely due to dyslexia.S. actor and social activist. but in this he exaggerated. Whoopi Goldberg has gone on to have a highly successful film and television career. After many years. Flagg has said she was enormously challenged as a writer because she was "severely dyslexic and couldn't spell. but it was not until she was an adult did she learn that she had dyslexia. Patton not begin his formal education until age 11. undoubtedly to convince readers. France.Whoopi Goldberg .Whoopi Goldberg (born November 13. 1856-February 3.Former president of the United States. but Flagg overcame her fear and completed several novels and screenplays. Belafonte dropped out of high school and at the age of 17. radio host. 1955) is an American actress. Fanny Flagg . Due to problems with dyslexia. which would fit more with his lack of attention to unimportant details and his very secure ego.D.Churchill described himself as having a "speech impediment".(born September 21. he joined the US Navy for a couple of years. Upon graduation. 1943-1945. Sicily. Flagg has spoken publicly about being dyslexic. Despite her dyslexia. Patton was accepted at the Virginia Military Institute. So I was discouraged from writing and embarrassed". was the twenty-eighth President of the United States. After that. He studied at home under his father's guidance and took classes in a small school in Augusta. (born March 1. Woodrow Wilson . Belafonte became involved with the American Negro Theatre and soon began singing in clubs around the city. . game show host." Although the Stuttering Foundation of America has claimed that Churchill stammered. "My impediment is no hindrance. Her burgeoning writing career was put on hold for much of the 1970s. how much he had overcome. He spent a year at VMI before being accepted to West Point. the Churchill Centre has concluded that he lisped. Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28. Jr. George Patton . Whoopi had a lot of difficulty in school. and possibly himself. Wilson did not learn to read until he was about 12 years old.D.December 21. he finally stated.George Smith Patton GCB.
Gold is also famous for her highly publicized battle with anorexia nervosa. and Goodnight Beantown. rugby union and cricket teams. Rockefeller was born in Bar Harbor. which almost killed her. 2007. who appeared on Benson. Tracy Gold has been an actress since the age of four. and the late Robin Bush. and by the age of fifteen he had started two ventures that eventually failed. Sr. Albans School in Washington. Bruce Jenner . interview with CNN journalist Anderson Cooper on The Tonight Show. Jr. Branson has dyslexia. He was the captain of football.James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno (born April 28.Neil Mallon Bush (born January 22.634 points in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and earned the title. first appearing in a Pepsi print ad. Her sister is the actress Missy Gold. He appeared on the sitcom Silver Spoons where he revealed his condition to the Stratton family. best known for playing Carol Seaver on the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains. best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. when in the spirit of the Blue Riband he attempted to cross the Atlantic Ocean in the fastest recorded time. track athlete. Maine. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Leno grew up in Andover. At age 11. one growing Christmas trees and another raising budgerigars. but he says his struggles with the reading disorder helped him learn to overcome adversity.January 26.Richard Branson . January 26. governor of New York. 1950) is an American stand-up comedian and television host. Neil Bush . During an August 1. From 1992 to 2009. DC.William Bruce Jenner born October 28. As is common for school-age dyslexic children. Albans in 1973. Tracy Gold suffered from dyslexia during high school. Neil is the younger brother of President George Walker Bush. Nelson Rockefeller died on the evening of Friday. and businessman. 1955 in Midland. and his mother spent much time coaching him through his learning disability. Bruce Jenner captivated the world when he broke the world record by scoring 8. Richard Branson has been involved in a number of world record-breaking attempts since 1985. Texas) is the fourth of six children of former President George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Bush (Barbara Lane Pierce). 1969 in New York City) is an American actress. Massachusetts. Leno was the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. 1979 at age 70 from a heart attack under circumstances whose details have never been completely revealed. He was the son of John Davison Rockefeller. Leno confirmed that he . She appeared in two canceled series. Tracey Gold . Nelson Rockefeller . He struggled through school. known principally for winning the decathlon in the 1976 Summer Olympics. School was something of a nightmare for him. He was the grandson of Standard Oil's founder and chairman John Davison Rockefeller. former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8. Jenner feared school."Jenner grew up terrified of reading due to dyslexia. His behavior in the classroom was mislabeled by teachers and he would often daydream in class. 1979) was the forty-first Vice President of the United States. resulting in poor academic performance as a student. New York is a U. 1908 . 1949 in Mount Kisco. teachers. philanthropist.Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English entrepreneur. and reading. Shirley with Shirley Jones in 1979. Jay Leno .(born Tracey Claire Fisher on May 16. Eventually his grades improved and he graduated from St. "World's Greatest Athlete. starring Bill Bixby in 1983. A counselor told his mother that it was doubtful the boy had the potential to graduate. He was later diagnosed as having dyslexia. he entered the exclusive private St.S.
It was a gift as far as comedy timing was concerned. but you will read with difficulty. Although his high school guidance counselor recommended that he drop out of high school because of his grades. I think of things and words don't come. You're a surprise package. Lt. (born July 29. I'm painfully slow at getting through a book. I always played that. fluency is tough to acquire. He also attended Bentley College in Waltham. Tom Smothers . He is alumni of Harvard and is also on the faculty of Harvard Medical School since 1983.a learning disability that makes reading and writing difficult. My brain got me through Harvard as an English major and a pre-med minor. Tommy Smothers is best known as half of the musical comedy team The Smothers Brothers with his brother.org to help children who have dyslexia and learning disabilities like ADD. Schwab is now trying to increase public awareness of dyslexia and provide support for dyslexic children and their families. or the ease reading takes on for people who don't have the condition. Edward James Olmos . composer and musician from New York. "I first realized I was funny in about the fourth or fifth grade. Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver and Admiral William Adama in the Battlestar Galactica series. That's what it means to be fluent. New York." If you have dyslexia.. to this day. Mr.Charles Robert Schwab. Jay not only graduated but also went on to receive a bachelor's degree in speech therapy from Emerson College. a disordered brain.. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice. He and many other executives with learning disabilities are becoming increasingly outspoken about the challenges they have faced. no one knows what you can do. Dick Smothers. and. I was dyslexic and I had no idea what that was..is dyslexic. call it what you will. They don't have to think about maintaining their balance. I was always the last one to get the spelling thing--the dumb one. and a brain that eludes the predictive powers of our wisest sayers of sooth. But I can tell you from years of experience that you can do special things. Schwab has dyslexia . 1947) is an American actor and director. For them. pretending I was stupid. The Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation started a Web site called SparkTop. including you. . MA. III (born February 2. I would say. But for the dyslexic. Edward Hallowell . "Lucky you!" You have untestable and immeasurable potential.Thomas Bolin "Tom" Smothers. He also created The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury. and fellowship.I have a dyslexic brain. 1937) is the founder and CEO of the Charles Schwab Corporation.(born February 24. in 1973. Some of his roles were Gaff in Blade Runner. Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist who specialises in ADD/ADHD and who also has ADHD. 1937) is an American comedian. I also have to search for words--it's not just reading. but there were these little lapses. I never did stutter. You have many talents that can't be taught. Jr.Edward M. I was still a poor reader. but only slowly and only with effort and concentration. You will struggle to develop fluency. "At the end of first grade. residency. One of his character traits is that he rarely smiles. reading becomes as automatic as riding a bike.. I graduated magna cum laude and went on to medical school. Massachusetts.If you're born with a brain that harbors dyslexia." "The thing about being dyslexic. He can read." Charles Schwab . you may learn to read. He is the co-author of the book Delivered From Distraction. Tom was portrayed as the "dumb one".
His 1991 book Rain of Gold. and Texas Rangers. 2006 at Christie's in New York City. 1880) was a French writer who is counted among the greatest Western novelists. Rauschenberg has dyslexia. writer.May 8.000. I don't think I could have achieved that knowledge. At UO. While my classmates were reading their textbooks. creating palindromes (words that can be read forward and backward. Robert Rauschenberg ." Nolan Ryan . Jr. 1821 . Though Rauschenberg had difficulty reading he likes to put words into his artwork. Cannell struggled with dyslexia in school. I drew in the margins. Houston Astros.Stephen Joseph Cannell. Stephen J.What better way to slap you in the face than to graduate in four years. Though his work is recognized worldwide. His works center on the Mexican American experience.) On May 9.Gustave Flaubert .Victor Villasenor (born 1940) is an American fiction and non-fiction author.(December 12. Ryan played in a major league record 27 seasons for the New York Mets. "I was considered slow. describes the roots of his family. 1925 in Port Arthur. Madame Bovary (1857). a continuation of Rain of Gold and Burro Genius: A Memoir that describes his own life. he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. 1947) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for more than a quarter century and still holds many major league pitching records. novelist." Rauschenberg told an interviewer. a record for a Rauschenberg piece on paper. it was very difficult at first for me to learn how to play chess.360. Ryan also pitched 18 two-hitters. I'd like you to know that dyslexia is a gift. a work of art by Robert Rauschenberg titled "Cage.Lynn Nolan Ryan. It allowed me to see patterns that other people couldn't see." Russell White . He is tied with Bob Feller for the most one-hitters. and reflecting on the grammar school teachers who just thought I was lazy. but then once I learned. 1941) is an American television producer. Victor Villasenor . You can't put a price on all that. He is known especially for his first published novel. "First of all. with 12. when he was in school his success would not have been predicted. what a blessing it was to find out it was not me. but did graduate from the University of Oregon in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in journalism. (born February 5. including a regular . October 22. Cannell has also acted occasionally. California Angels. If I had gone to any other school. Flaubert was a tireless worker and often complained in his letters to friends about the strenuous nature of his work. from 1966 to 1993. And the learning disability. Texas) is an American artist. He also likes to play word games. I quickly became the best chess player at our whole school. a New York Times bestseller. His works are often taught in American schools. (born January 31. and occasional actor. and for his scrupulous devotion to his art and style. even beating our faculty and some of them thought they were great chess players." "I wouldn't change anything. He has also written screenplays." dedicated to John Cage. three more than any other pitcher. In high school. He has gone on to write Thirteen Senses: A Memoir. Ryan is the all-time leader in no-hitters with seven. sold for $1. for example. He often misspells them. Cannell .Robert Milton Ernest Rauschenberg (b. dyslexia. finding out about my dyslexia and knowing I could be productive in society. because school was definitely good for me. a reading disability that made school very difficult for him. that it was the learning disability.
Jack Horner is the Montana State University Regents' Professor of Paleontology. From its modest beginnings. Horner served as the technical advisor for all of the Jurassic Park films." Harry Anderson . true to his father's . 1949) Richard Strauss was a German composer of the late Romantic era and early modern era. but I didn't know how much it affected my being. founded the copy-chain Kinko's. Dr. where he studied philosophy and art history. I937 in St. Strauss was also a noted conductor." Richard Strauss . He also took a turn in an episode of Silk Stalkings. but not music.Born John Waldon Corcoran Jr. In addition to his many paleontological discoveries. 1946) is an American paleontologist who discovered and named the Maiasaura.Paul Orfalea nicknamed "Kinko" because of his curly red hair. "I wasn't diagnosed until well after I had reached adulthood. and had flunked out of college seven times. born in Los Angeles. Co-workers helped him with written correspondence. in the style of Robert Schumann or Felix Mendelssohn. providing the first clear evidence that some dinosaurs cared for their young. who is dyslexic. there are over 1.supporting role as "Dutch" Dixon on his series. on December 5. Louis. which was not diagnosed until he was an adult and had not graduated from college. and the first dinosaur embryos. the first evidence of dinosaur colonial nesting. taking over from him at Munich when von Bulow resigned in 1885. Missouri. He told Biography Magazine: I always knew how much I wanted to be able to read. Paul Orfalea founded Kinko's in 1970 near the University of California at Santa Barbara with a simple idea: provide college students with products and services they need at a competitive price. where he studied briefly before securing a post as assistant conductor to Hans von Bulow. John Corcoran . 1864 . His compositions around this time were quite conservative. While working at Princeton he found a diagnostic center. Orfalea . Orfalea says there isn't a machine at Kinko's he can operate. and his dyslexia was formally diagnosed. Since then. Renegade.John "Jack" R. particularly noted for his tone poems and operas. Kinko's is now the world's leading business services chain. He is one of the most well known paleontologists in the United States. and ingenious evasions and the beginning of a crusade on behalf of literacy and education reform. Horner discovered the first dinosaur eggs in the Western Hemisphere. In 1882 he entered Munich University.June 11. 1952) is an Emmy Award-nominated American actor and magician. Anderson was a street magician before becoming an actor. Paul J. he left a year later to go to Berlin.(born October 14. Corcoran. had struggled through school being considered lazy. In addition to eight appearances on Saturday Night Live. dumb. Today. He is famous for the role of Judge Harry Stone on the 1984-1992 television series Night Court. he was the third child and only boy in a family of six children. he's shared his experinences with everyone from prison inmates to Oprah audiences. the first evidence of parental care among dinosaurs. Horner (born June 15.500 Kinko's worldwide.September 8. but his dyslexia precluded a college degree. and perhaps even retarded. John Horner . Confessing his life long handicap marked the end of shame anxiety. to Jack and Agnes Leonard Corcoran. Nevertheless. even testifying on illiteracy issues before Congess. Orfalea has dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
philosopher .S. illustrator of children's books Roger W.Author. Yeats . pioneer in helicopter aerial photography Dr.Professor of law and medicine. entrepreneur William B.Explorer. Wilkins . CEO of Greyhound Lines Gaston Caperton .Psychologist. television commentator Ann Bancroft . Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsay Wagner .Navy pilot. Kean .Entrepreneur of the Year. first woman to travel across the ice to the North and South Poles. lecturer.Actress.Award-winning poet and author Patricia Polacco . "The Bionic Woman" Nancy L.President of Drew University.Author. Red Duke .Stunt man. Chee .Professional athlete Frank Dunkle . His Horn Concerto No.Director of U. motivational speaker Thomas H. dramatist. Fish and Wildlife Service Fred Curry . author Terry Bowersock . Nobel prize winner William James . author Nola D.Physician.S. 1998 Sylvia Law . David Jones . Ellie Hawkins .U. Sonnabend .Former governor of West Virginia Greg Louganis . former governor of New Jersey Tomima Edmark .Entrepreneur. 1 (1882-1883) is representative of this period and is still regularly played.Record-breaking rock climber Eric Wynalda .Researcher.Poet. educator. inventor.teachings.Head of the Pulitzer Prize Board Stephen Bacque . author.
Fortunately he had a therapist to help him along the way.MD Professor of anesthesiology Celebrities with disabilities 92 rate or flag this pageTweet this By liswilliams There are so many celebrities with all sorts of disabilities. Often people think celebrities have just shot to the big time. Ronald Reagan . People who stutter don't go down well in the acting business. but a lot of the time there are hardships that people have to go through. For example when he walks down the road he will try not to step on every chewing gum stain. Leonardo DiCaprio The young actor who shot to stardom after the filming of Titanic. Often so much more can be achieved just by having a disability. Bruce Willis Bruce Willis became famous in the 1980 s and some of the movies that he took the lead roles in will not be forgotten easily. When Bruce was a youngster he had a severe stuttering problem. Leonardo is making a conscious effort to break the cycle.He became scared it would affect his acting career. There are a lot more celebrities with disabilities.William Simmons . Here are just a few examples of bravery that has been endured. This celebrity also suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. which removed the stutter completely.
fear of.. Jim Carey Jim Carey is a well known actor and comedian. Eventually brain cells start to die. which was a lot of poverty in his family. Some are worse than others. This happened after President Reagan was thrown off a horse whilst on vacation in Mexico. The Blade Runner . That is the fear of your thoughts. the 40th president of the United States was diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease. Natalie du Toit In 2001 Natalie du Toit was on her way back from swimming practice before going to school when a car drove into her and knocked her off her scooter. John F.Ronald Regan. He was concussed. which prevented any strenuous activity. Celebrities with learning disabilities If someone were to ask me what the definition of a learning disability was I dont know if I could give them a straight answer. Natalie had already been competing since the age of 14. His acting career started early in his life when his mother was very sick and Jim had to make a lot of effort to make her laugh. The most serious of these was asthma.. although he always enjoyed playing with his family. pulling faces. President Kennedy suffered from various illnesses. whatever it took to make her laugh. He was diagnosed as manic depressive in his career but he is dealing in the most positive way that he can. He also got depressed and cross with the world because of the situation he found himself in. It is a severe anxiety disorder. You might be interested in these hubs Celebrities with OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is categorized by a common feature.. Courageous Amputee Swimmer. It could be the fear of untidiness.. Kennedy President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald. operated on and doctors believed this was the start of the illness. Oscar Pistorius.
Stevie Wonder is a true example of what disabled people are capable of Natalie du Toit Natalie du Toit is one of the most courageous swimmers of all time. a learning disability who turned into a celebrity. Oscar Pistorious would be earning medals at every paralympic athletic event he participated in and becoming the. His father would hit him every time something went wrong. He began playing at the local church. In 2001 her leg was amputated at the knee after coming back from swimming practice. She is an inspiration and role model to disabled as well as abled athletes Terence Parkin Another South African swimmer is 20-year old Terence Parkin swam in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. His mom was nervous to let him go outside so to pass the time Stevie would experiment with tunes he had heard on the radio. He was a victim of abuse which is probably due to the fact of the dyslexia.Who would have thought that when his legs were amputated at the age of 1 that South African.. Terence was born deaf. finding instruments around the house. He was bullied at school. the famous actor and film director had a bad bout of dyslexia.. Tom went through fifteen schools in his twelve years at school Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder is yet another famous person who was born blind. He earned a silver medal from the Sydney Olympics including South African National medals . He uses a strobe light which is similar to the flash of a camera to signal the beginning of the race. Tom Cruise Tom Cruise. She became the first amputee to compete in an Olympic games in 2008 and has won numerous medals in the Paralympics.
Jamie does a lot for the community. Jamie Oliver is another famous person with a learning disability and has risen to become one of most recognized chefs of today within such a short space of time.Jamie Oliver Like Tom Cruise. training and employing underpriviledged students. This did not stop Jamie from achieving his goals. Jamie struggled through school with dyslexia and a serious lisp. . He has opened restaurants around the world. He started hosting his own cooking programs at a really young age and he has written many books.