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Famous People With Learning Disabilities

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Learning disabilities can be difficult to manage, but they don't necessarily impact a person's chances of success. Many celebrities and famous figures from history struggled with learning disabilities, but disabilities may have been instrumental in shaping their perspective and helping them find the willpower to achieve their goals.

1. Alexander Graham Bell - invented the telephone.

2. Napoleon Bonaparte - military strategic genius.

3. Richard Branson - a billionaire businessman.

4. Cher - most iconic performer, singer and actor - difficult to remember numbers or to perform basic mathematics.

5. Agatha Christie - famous mystery novelist. Her learning disability affected her ability to understand written words.

6. Tom Cruise - most recognizable actor in the world.

7. Walt Disney - suffered dyslexia

8. Albert Einstein - Asperger's Syndrome, mild form of autism.

9. Thomas Edison - made major scientific breakthrough.

10. F. Scott Fitzgerald - greatest American author

11. Benjamin Franklin - founding father of the U.S.

12. John F. Kennedy - President of the U.S.

13. Bill Gates - Head of Microsoft

14. Whoopi Goldberg - actress

15. John Lennon - musical and lyrical genius

16. Steve McQueen - actor

17. Jay Leno - talk show legend has dyslexia

18. Nelson Rockefeller - V. P. of U.S. had dyslexia

19. George Washington - founding father of U.S. & first U.S. President

20. Robin Williams - famous actor

21. Woodrow Wilson - President of the U.S.. Only U.S. President to hold a Ph.D.

"From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul. That tale will move them & drive them & who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words."

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MomOf41377463402.0273721 PostsRegistered 1/27/2012So. California

Where did you copy this from Sparrow?

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onewhiteSp­arrow1377463638.319947 PostsRegistered 8/5/2011

I got it from one of my note books. I keep many other note books full of all kinds of information I might need or want in my future. I can't not remember everything in the world. Neither can you.

"From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul. That tale will move them & drive them & who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words."

Cakers11377463671.48313861 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007

From what I have read about Einstein, it's only a theory that he may have had Aspergers.

Where are you getting this info???{#emotions_dlg.confused1}

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onewhiteSp­arrow1377463839.9679947 PostsRegistered 8/5/2011

One of my favorite note books I drew pictures of all kinds of things on each and every page and is full of magical words. Red velvet tiny note book.

"From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul. That tale will move them & drive them & who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words."

onewhiteSp­arrow1377463936.2239947 PostsRegistered 8/5/2011

Another special note book is written all in Runes. Hidden words. I love to write in Runes. Pretty to look at.

"From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul. That tale will move them & drive them & who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words."

onewhiteSp­arrow1377464083.349947 PostsRegistered 8/5/2011

Notice all the famous, wealthy and intelligent people was "different" from others and yet it was them that changed the world with their ideas and inventions. So just because some has/had a learning disability does not make them less of a human. Seems to me they are far better in many ways.

"From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul. That tale will move them & drive them & who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words."

muttmom1377464252.3431710 PostsRegistered 11/28/2012

You've only noted a few learning disabilities.

Would you please elaborate what learning disabilities these famous people have or had.

I googled and found most of these names came from this website. The fact that dyslexia wasn't described until the late 1800's makes me wonder who decided some of these people had it.

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JustJazzmom1377464274.29727582 PostsRegistered 11/12/2007My garden, of course!!

It is said that Moses was a stutterer.

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deepwaterd­otter1377464555.0612414 PostsRegistered 9/1/2005America's Dairyland

Lucy Nightingberg?

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rarejan1377464961.7633738 PostsRegistered 5/14/2011Western New York

It's on the internet actually. In fact the paragraph posted before the list is taken word for word from something posted on several websites and Facebook. It's an interesting list and many in our society have challenges and have overcome them to be productive people.

GreatCatsby1377465503.2792 PostsRegistered 6/16/2013

What did JFK have?

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MomOf41377465656.6073721 PostsRegistered 1/27/2012So. California
On 8/25/2013 GreatCatsby said:

What did JFK have?


A bad back?

Go Denver Broncos!!!

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GreatCatsby1377465842.95792 PostsRegistered 6/16/2013

Does a bad back count as a learning disability? That's what the title of this thread is about?{#emotions_dlg.blink}

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lovesrecess1377465872.62713563 PostsRegistered 7/14/2008Texas

I don't think all of these are accurate; how did Albert Einstein have Aspergers Syndrome when it wasn't even discovered/named until decades later?

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Love Roses1377466146.40710103 PostsRegistered 1/10/2007

Great that you mentioned Walt Disney! Most folks don't know he was dyslexic.

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onewhiteSp­arrow1377466307.229947 PostsRegistered 8/5/2011
On 8/25/2013 GreatCatsby said:

What did JFK have?

A form of dyslexia. Plus all kinds of health issues all of his life.

"From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul. That tale will move them & drive them & who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words."

JuJu Squee­zie1377466361.1873 PostsRegistered 8/16/2013

This list is bogus, some things listed are not learning disabilities.

onewhiteSp­arrow1377466392.0339947 PostsRegistered 8/5/2011
On 8/25/2013 Love Roses said:

Great that you mentioned Walt Disney! Most folks don't know he was dyslexic.

Love Roses, That is correct.

"From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul. That tale will move them & drive them & who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words."

onewhiteSp­arrow1377466648.379947 PostsRegistered 8/5/2011

And if any of these famous people came to his forum and posted...I know for a fact there are several people in this forum that would slam dunk them for how they write or spell.

Yet all of the famous people reached heights above a giant.

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"From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul. That tale will move them & drive them & who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words."

Love Roses1377466702.55710103 PostsRegistered 1/10/2007
On 8/25/2013 Panda Wrangler said:

This list is bogus, some things listed are not learning disabilities.

They may not be, but many times disabilities can hamper one's motivation for learning. In an example of sort, Rod Stewart has a curved spine but it never stopped him in his career field and in fact he used it to his advantage - he would jump and twist and leap and twirl when he performed. His disability actually helped.

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deepwaterd­otter1377466784.51712414 PostsRegistered 9/1/2005America's Dairyland
On 8/25/2013 sparrowCynara said:

And if any of these famous people came to his forum and posted...I know for a fact there are several people in this forum that would slam dunk them for how they write or spell.

Yet all of the famous people reached highs above a giant.

Whoopi Goldberg?

"Take your makeup off, Let your hair down. Take a breath, Look into the mirror at yourself. Don't you like you? 'Cause I like you! - "Try" by Colbie Caillat

onewhiteSp­arrow1377466898.5039947 PostsRegistered 8/5/2011

In my travels talking with owners of large businesses I have noticed the owners are bad spellers. All of them hired someone to write letters for the business. Their disability did not stop them but they created jobs for others.

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"From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul. That tale will move them & drive them & who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words."

onewhiteSp­arrow1377467034.629947 PostsRegistered 8/5/2011
On 8/25/2013 deepwaterdotter said:
On 8/25/2013 sparrowCynara said:

And if any of these famous people came to his forum and posted...I know for a fact there are several people in this forum that would slam dunk them for how they write or spell.

Yet all of the famous people reached highs above a giant.

Whoopi Goldberg?

deepwaterdotter, she reached heights higher then you. Yes she reached heights above a giant. She had/has a wonderful life.

"From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul. That tale will move them & drive them & who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words."

MOONRISER1377467340.651802 PostsRegistered 8/4/2013
Maybe it isn't a disability, maybe more like not fitting a certain mold of what society deems acceptable.

All the world's a stage------W.Shakespeare

Love Roses1377467389.18710103 PostsRegistered 1/10/2007
On 8/25/2013 sparrowCynara said:

In my travels talking with owners of large businesses I have noticed the owners are bad spellers. All of them hired someone to write letters for the business. Their disability did not stop them but they created jobs for others.


So very true and others will never know because it is usually kept private and personal.

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