It’s a pity that we are not more aware of the strengths or uniqueness of some learning disabilities. Consider the list of famous dyslexics, 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.
We see a list of people who did use their learning advantages and became very successful in their field. Why not use them as inspiring models: they are living proof that a learning disability doesn’t need to be a disadvantage, but on the contrary can become even a strong advantage.
“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another; it is the only means” – Albert Einstein.
These famous persons are proof that nurturing the learning disability capabilities contributes to their own potential and happiness. In fact, they even contribute to a better world by using their abilities:
To name a few:
- A scientist Albert Einstein.
- Einstein used his imagination to come up with relativity theory.
- An inventor Thomas Edison.
- Edison used his to invent.
- A business person Richard Branson.
- Branson and other entrepreneurs to create better products and services whilst creating employment in the process.
- Statesmen like Winston Churchill and John Kennedy.
- Churchill to rally the British against Nazi Germany.
- A military leader George Patton.
- To protect us.
- A sports hero Jacky Stewart, musicians like John Lennon, actors like Anthony Hopkins, authors like Agatha Christie and designers like Walt Disney
- All to entertain us.
“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.
More examples and quotes of some of those successful people with learning disabilities, especially dyslexia organized by activity: