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Fun Facts

Here is a few people who are well known who have dyslexia.  Some even talk about what they remember about being dyslexic and how they felt or how they were treated.

I was one of the 'puzzle children' myself -- a dyslexic . . . And I still have a hard time reading today. Accept the fact that you have a problem. Refuse to feel sorry for yourself. You have a challenge; never quit!
--Nelson Rockefeller

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.

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.
--Winston Churchill

He told me that his teachers reported that . . . he was mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.
--Hans Albert Einstein, on his father, Albert Einstein

 I, myself, 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.
--Agatha Christie

My teachers say I'm addled . . . my father thought I was stupid, and I almost decided I must be a dunce.
--Thomas Edison

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."
--Tom Cruise

You should prefer a good scientist without literary abilities than a literate one without scientific skills.
--Leonardo da Vinci

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.
--Danny Glover, actor

The looks, the stares, the giggles . . . I wanted to show everybody that I could do better and also that I could read.
--Magic Johnson

Henry Winkler (The Fonz)
Tom Cruise
Whoopi Goldberg
Danny Glover
Steven Spielberg
Jack Nicholson
Suzanne Somers
Sylvester Stallone
Robin Williams
Tracey Gold
Jay Leno
Walt Disney
Magic Johnson
Neil Smith, NFL
Carl Lewis
Pete Rose
Nolan Ryan
Winston Churchill
Benjamin Franklin
Woodrow Wilson
Nelson Rockefeller
John F. Kennedy
Robert Kennedy
Julius Caesar
Andrew Jackson
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Leonardo da Vinci
Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert comic strip)
Charles Schulz (creator of Peanuts comic strip)
Pablo Picasso
Vincent Van Gogh
Harry Belafonte
John Lennon
Aimee Osbourne (Ozzie's eldest)
Thomas Edison
Albert Einstein
Alexander Graham Bell
The Wright Brothers
Benjamin Franklin
Henry Ford
Agatha Christie
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hans Christian Anderson
Edgar Allen Poe
Thomas Thoreau
John Irving
Mark Twain

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