Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill described himself as having a “Speech Impediment,” which he consistently worked to overcome. After many years, he finally stated, “My impediment is no hindrance.” Although the Stuttering Foundation of America has claimed that Churchill stammered, the Churchill Centre has concluded that he lisped. Churchill’s impediment may also have been cluttering, which would fit more with his lack of attention to unimportant details and his very secure ego. According to several sources Winston Churchill was not dyslexic and had no learning disability whatsoever. In his autobiography he played up his low grades at Harrow, undoubtedly to convince readers, and possibly himself, how much he had overcome; but in this he exaggerated. He was actually quite good at subjects he enjoyed and in fact won several school prizes.

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg was born on 13 November, 1955.  Whoopi is an American actress, comedian, radio host, TV personality, game show host, and author. Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in New York City. Whoopi had a lot of difficulty in school, but it was not until she was an adult did she learn that she had dyslexia. Despite her dyslexia, Whoopi Goldberg has gone on to have a highly successful film and television career.

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Walt Disney

Walter Elias Disney commonly known as Walt Disney was born on 5 December, 1901 and died on 15 December, 1966.  Walt was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Disney is notable as one of the most influential and innovative figures in the field of entertainment during the twentieth century. Walt Disney had dyslexia, which is a learning disorder characterized by reading difficulties. While Walt Disney was attending high school he also went to the Academy of Fine Arts. 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.

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Tom Cruise

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV was born on 3 July, 1962. More commonly known as Tom Cruise. Tom is an American actor and film producer. Tom has said that he suffered from abuse as a child. This was partially due to him suffering from dyslexia. Tom stated that when something went wrong, his father came down hard on him. Having gone through fifteen schools in twelve years, Cruise, who dropped his father’s name at age twelve, was also a victim of bullying at school.

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison was born on 11 February, 1847 and died on 18 October, 1931.  Thomas was an American inventor of Dutch origin and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph and a long lasting light bulb. In school, the young Edison’s mind often wandered. Thomas was noted to be terrible at mathematics, unable to focus, and had difficulty with words and speech. This ended Edison’s three months of official schooling. The cause of Edison’s deafness has been attributed to a bout of scarlet fever during childhood and recurring untreated middle ear infections. Thomas Edison was dyslexic, a problem child, and a mischief-maker. Thomas talked when he was supposed to be listening and did not listen when the teacher talked. Thomas had no patience. Thomas was not well-coordinated and did poorly in sports. Thomas applied himself with a passion to whatever caught his attention, but his attention was easily diverted.

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson – Earvin Effay Johnson, Jr. was born on 14 August, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan. Magic is a retired American National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson is acknowledged as one of the most popular NBA basketball players of all time, being well-known for his uncanny passing and dribbling skills, and for his cheerful nature on and off the court. In the words of Magic Johnson: “The looks, the stares, the giggles . . . I wanted to show everybody that I could do better and also that I could read.”

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci – Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, was born on 15, April, 1452 and died on 2, May, 1519. Leonardo was a Tuscan polymath: scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. As an engineer, Leonardo conceived ideas vastly ahead of his own time, conceptualising a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, and the double hull, and outlining a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics. He also had the gift of dyslexia. Most of the time, he wrote his notes backwards. Although unusual, this is a trait shared by many left-handed dyslexic people. Most of the time, dyslexic writers are not even consciously aware that they are writing this way.

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