DyslexiaSavvy

for dyslexics, by dyslexics

 

Famous People with the Gift of Dyslexia


Famous Artists & Designers


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Walt Disney

"If you can dream it, you can do it."

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

- Walt Disney


Gustave Flaubert: French Writer

"Having made a strenuous effort to understand the symbols he could make nothing of, he wept giant tears..."

- Caroline Commanville, (talking about her uncle, Gustave Flaubert)


Tommy Hilfiger: Fashion Designer

"In referenece to his being the class clown: "I didn't want anyone to know that I didn't get it."

- Tommy Hilfiger


Pablo Picasso: One of the most influential artists of the 20th century

"Don't think I didn't try(learning at school). I tried hard. I would start but immediately be lost. For being a bad student I was banished to the 'calaboose' - a bare cell with whitewashed walls and a bench to sit on."

- Pablo Picasso


Famous Athletes with Dyslexia


Magic Johnson: Retired American Professional Basketball Player

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

- Magic Johnson


Muhammad Ali: American Former Professional Boxer

"As a high school student, many of my teachers labeled me DUMB... I knew who the real dummies were. I could barely graduated... There was no way I was going college- I never even thought about it. I could barely read my textbooks."

- Muhammad Ali


Authors


Agatha Christie: Author; The Most Successfull Mystery Writer of All Time

"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


Entrepreneurs


Richard Branson: Founder of Virgin Enterprises

"I was dyslexic, I had no understanding of schoolwork whatsoever. I certainly would have failed IQ tests. And it was one of the reasons I left school when I was 15 years old. And if I - if I'm not interested in something, I don't grasp it."

- Richard Branson


Entertainers


 

Orlando Bloom: Actor

"Dyslexia is not due to lack of intelligence, it's a lack of access. It's like, if you're dyslexic, you have all the information you need, but find it harder to process."

"Creativity is the key for any child with dyslexia, or for anyone for that matter. Then you can think outside the box."

"If you have kids who are struggling with dyslexia, the greatest gift you can give them is the sense that nothing is attainable. With dyslexia comes a very great gift, which is the way that your mind can think creatively. If your kids can be given the opportunity to find that way of thinking, what works for them, they will be very happy and successful in whatever field they choose to go into. That I think is what my life has been."

- Orlando Bloom


Cher: Singer and actress

"I'm a terrible reader, I don't write letters. Numbers and I have absolutely no relationship. I can dial a phone OK, as long as it's not long-distance. I write the first letter of the word, and my mind races to the last letter. I see words and jumble them together. I see great billboards, billboards no one has ever invented."

- Cher 


Tom Cruise: Actor

"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


Patrick Dempsey: Actor

"You have to keep working."

"I have never given up."

- Patrick Demsey


Harrison Ford: Actor

"We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance."

- Harrison Ford


Keira Knightley: Actress

"When I was very little kids called me stupid because I couldn't read, the dyslexia didn't help, but it's amazing what a child calling you stupid would do to make you read pretty quickly."

- Keira Knightley


Jay Leno: Talk show host and comedian

"One thing about mildly dyslexic people -- they're good at setting everything else aside to pursue one goal."

- Jay Leno


Keanu Reeves: Actor

"Because I had trouble reading, I wasn't a good student."

- Keanu Reeves


Will Smith: Actor and singer

"The math of it is simple. Start while it's good. Do it three times a week while you're laughing and still having fun. You get so much more work done. You head off problems. Do it during the ether time, and do it aggressively. There's nothing you've ever been successful at that you didn't work on every day."

- Will Smith


Steven Spielberg: Film director

"I felt like an alien. I always felt like I never belonged to any group that I wanted to belong to."

- Steven Spielberg


Bella Thorne: Actress

"Dyslexia has affected my life in a big way. At first, I was really afraid and self-conscious because I didn't feel like I was as smart as other kids and couldn't read the way they did. I didn't understand why I couldn't do so many things as well as other kids, and why I was learning so much slower. After I found out I had dyslexia, I was confused about how I felt. In a way, I was happy to know that it was something that affects other people and that I wasn't alone, but I also felt bad because I knew I had a big struggle ahead of me and that it may affect me my whole life. Now, I feel proud. I really work hard at reading and accept that sometimes I might get confused and that it is ok. I'm not alone. Dyslexia has taught me that if you work really hard, you can overcome great challenges." 

- Bella Thorne 


Vince Vaughn: Actor

"When you have these setbacks, you develop a really good work ethic because you have to try to work harder."

- Vince Vaughn


Henry Winkler: Actor, author and director

"It is not easy to compete when you have LD, but it is possible."

- Henry Winkler