Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Edward Hallowell

Edward Hallowell – Edward M. Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist who specialises in ADD/ADHD and who also has ADHD. He is the co-author of the book Delivered From Distraction. He also created The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, MA. He is alumni of Harvard and is also on the faculty of Harvard Medical School since 1983. “At the end of first grade, I was still a poor reader, and, to this day, I’m painfully slow at getting through a book…I have a dyslexic brain, a disordered brain, call it what you will. My brain got me through Harvard as an English major and a pre-med minor. I graduated magna cum laude and went on to medical school, residency, and fellowship…If you’re born with a brain that harbors dyslexia, I would say, “Lucky you!” You have untestable and immeasurable potential. You’re a surprise package; no one knows what you can do, including you. But I can tell you from years of experience that you can do special things. You have many talents that can’t be taught, and a brain that eludes the predictive powers of our wisest sayers of sooth.” If you have dyslexia, you may learn to read, but you will read with difficulty. You will struggle to develop fluency, or the ease reading takes on for people who don’t have the condition. For them, reading becomes as automatic as riding a bike. They don’t have to think about maintaining their balance. That’s what it means to be fluent. But for the dyslexic, fluency is tough to acquire. He can read, but only slowly and only with effort and concentration.

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Charles Schwab

Charles Robert Schwab, Jr. was born on 29 July, 1937. Charles is the founder and CEO of the Charles Schwab Corporation. Schwab has dyslexia – a learning disability that makes reading and writing difficult. Charles and many other executives with learning disabilities are becoming increasingly outspoken about the challenges they have faced. Mr. Schwab is now trying to increase public awareness of dyslexia and provide support for dyslexic children and their families. The Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation started a Website called http://www.SparkTop.org to help children who have dyslexia and learning disabilities like ADD.

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Tom Smothers

Thomas Bolin “Tom” Smothers, III was born on 2 February, 1937. Tom is an American comedian, composer and musician from New York, New York. Tommy Smothers is best known as half of the musical comedy team The Smothers Brothers with his brother, Dick Smothers.

Tom was portrayed as the “dumb one”. “I first realised I was funny in about the 4th or 5th grade. I was dyslexic and I had no idea what that was. I was always the last one to get the spelling thing–the dumb one. I always played that, pretending I was stupid.” “The thing about being dyslexic, I also have to search for words–it’s not just reading. I think of things and words don’t come. I never did stutter, but there were these little lapses. It was a gift as far as comedy timing was concerned.”

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner – William Bruce Jenner was born on 28 October, 1949 in Mount Kisco, New York. Bruce is an U.S. track athlete, known principally for winning the decathlon in the 1976 Summer Olympics. Bruce Jenner captivated the world when he broke the world record by scoring 8,634 points in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and earned the title, “World’s Greatest Athlete.”Jenner grew up terrified of reading due to dyslexia, but he says his struggles with the reading disorder helped him learn to overcome adversity. He appeared on the sitcom Silver Spoons where he revealed his condition to the Stratton family. As is common for school-age dyslexic children, Jenner feared school, teachers, and reading. His behavior in the classroom was mislabeled by teachers and he would often daydream in class.

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Tracey Gold

Tracey Gold was born Tracey Claire Fisher on 16 May, 1969 in New York City. Tracey is an American actress, best known for playing Carol Seaver on the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains. Tracey’s sister is the actress Missy Gold, who appeared on Benson. Tracy Gold has been an actress since the age of four, first appearing in a Pepsi print ad. Tracey appeared in two canceled series, Shirley with Shirley Jones in 1979, and Goodnight Beantown, starring Bill Bixby in 1983. Tracey is also famous for her highly publicised battle with anorexia nervosa, which almost killed her. Tracy Gold suffered from dyslexia during high school.

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