Synopsis: A list of famous persons living and deceased who are Dyslexic or had Dyslexia in their life.
What is Dyslexia?
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. Some see dyslexia as distinct from reading difficulties resulting from other causes, such as a non-neurological deficiency with vision or hearing, or poor or inadequate reading instruction. There are three proposed cognitive subtypes of dyslexia (auditory, visual and attentional), although individual cases of dyslexia are better explained by specific underlying neuropsychological deficits and co-occurring learning disabilities (e.g. attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, math disability, etc.).
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.
List of Famous People Who Are Dyslexic or Had Dyslexia
Alexander Graham Bell
Ann Bancroft - Explorer, lecturer, educator, first woman to travel across the ice to the North and South Poles.
Charles Schwab - Charles Robert Schwab, Jr.
Dale S. Brown
David Jones - Stunt man, pioneer in helicopter aerial photography
Dr. Red Duke - Physician, television commentator
Edward James Olmos
Ellie Hawkins - Record-breaking rock climber
Eric Wynalda - Professional athlete
Frank Dunkle - Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Fred Curry - Navy pilot, CEO of Greyhound Lines
Gaston Caperton - Former governor of West Virginia.
Greg Louganis - U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist
Hans Christian Andersen
Jay Leno - James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno
John Horner - John "Jack" R. Horner
Lindsay Wagner - Actress, author, "The Bionic Woman"
Nancy L. Sonnabend - Researcher, inventor, author
Nola D. Chee - Award-winning poet and author
Patricia Polacco - Author, illustrator of children's books
Paul J. Orfalea
Paul Mark Oakenfold
Roger W. Wilkins - Head of the Pulitzer Prize Board
Stephen Bacque - Entrepreneur of the Year, 1998
Stephen J. Cannell
Sylvia Law - Professor of law and medicine, author
Terry Bowersock - Entrepreneur, motivational speaker
Thomas H. Kean - President of Drew University, former governor of New Jersey
Tom Smothers - Thomas Bolin "Tom" Smothers, III
Tomima Edmark - Author, entrepreneur
Walt Disney - (Disputed)
William B. Yeats - Poet, dramatist, Nobel prize winner
William James - Psychologist, philosopher
William Simmons - MD Professor of anesthesiology
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