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2 Math Disabilites Albert Einstein failed math in school. However, problems with arithmetic didn’t get in the way of him comprehending complex mathematical problems. He eventually developed the famous theory of relativity and won the Nobel Prize. Certainly no one now thinks he was stupid! Benjamin Franklin was never good at math calculation. He had only a few years of formal schooling. However, he became a writer and publisher, inventor and statesman. He signed the Declaration of Independence, proved that lightning was a form of electricity, and is pictured on the US $100 bill. Cher had severe, undiagnosed dyslexia growing up, in addition to her dyscalculia. She found her place on stage and screen as a singer and actress, appearing with Sony Bono as “Sony and Cher” and in movies like Moonstruck and The Witches of Eastwick

3 Reading Disabilities Tom Cruise, one of the most recognizable actors on screen today, did poorly in school, and threw himself into athletics. When an injury ended that activity for him, he started acting. Cruise reports the secret to his success, despite dyslexia, was thinking visually, a relative strength for him. Woodrow Wilson didn’t learn to read until he was 12 years old. In junior high school, he taught himself shorthand to help with taking notes, and his father tutored him. Reading continued to be difficult for him throughout his life, but he was very smart and very determined. As an adult, he became the President of Princeton University, the Governor of New Jersey, and ultimately the 28th President of the United States. Thomas Edison most likely had learning disabilities in both reading and mathematics. He went to school only very briefly because, after three months, the staff declared him to be “addled” and threw him out. While Edison may not have been good at reading and arithmetic, he was obviously very smart. He began his adult life as a telegrapher and later became an inventor. He held well over 1,000 patents, and is most famous for inventing the electric light.

4 Reading Disabilities Cont. Whoopi Goldberg never knew why reading was so hard for her growing up. Other kids teased her and called her “dumb,” but her family knew she was intelligent. Performing was her passion, and she began acting and doing standup comedy. Only as an adult was she diagnosed with dyslexia. Leonardo DaVinci lived long before there were tests for dyslexia. However, his spelling was very unusual, and he often wrote from right to left as left-handers with dyslexia often do. Leonardo is recognized as one of the greatest scientists, inventors and artists of his time, and was so forward thinking that he sketched such things as helicopters long before humans took flight.

5 Reading Disabilities Cont. Winston Churchill did poorly in school. He remembered, “I was, on the whole, considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at the beginning of the race.” Churchill was determined to succeed, and indeed he did. He is one of the best known Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, leading his country to victory in World War II. Orlando Bloom was diagnosed with dyslexia during his childhood. He struggled in school, so his mother encouraged him to participate in art and drama classes. You may know him as Legolas in the “Lord of the Rings” movies, or as Will Turner in the “Pirates of the Carribean” series. John Lennon’s school report card once said he was, “Certainly on the road to failure … hopeless … rather a clown in class … wasting other pupils’ time.” Many experts believe, however, that he was dyslexic. Though frequently in trouble, he was a talented musician. He founded the band the Quarrymen at age 15. The band eventually evolved into the Beatles, one of the most popular successful rock bands of all time.

6 Reading Disabilities Cont. Pablo Picasso had trouble getting his letters facing the correct way when he wrote, and was labeled as dyslexic. Reading was difficult for him throughout his life, but art was his passion. He threw his energy into drawing and painting, becoming a famous artist who revolutionized the art world. Jay Leno got mostly C’s and D’s in school due to his mild dyslexia. He wanted to attend Emerson College, a college for the theater, film, journalism and communications, but the admissions director told him he was a poor candidate for the school. Leno sat outside the man’s office for 5 days, 12 hours per day, until he was admitted. He became a famous standup comedian and, when the legendary Johnny Carson retired, the host of the “Tonight Show.” He says that his dyslexia taught him the perseverance necessary to succeed in comedy. Walt Disney was labeled as “slow” in school. He worked for a Kansas City newspaper but was fired for his “lack of creativity.” Walt knew that what others thought was not important, and followed his love for drawing and animation. His best known character, Mickey Mouse, has entertained children and adults for more than 80 years, and the company he built has become one of the most beloved in the world of entertainment.

7 Anxiety Disorders John Madden is a former NFL player and head coach (including coaching the Oakland Raiders to a Superbowl Championship in 1976), a television sportscaster and the man behind the “Madden NFL” video games. However, he has not flown on an airplane in more than 30 years because of a specific phobia of enclosed spaces, particularly planes. David Beckham, the famous British soccer (football) player, has three refrigerators in his house to keep drinks, meats and salads separate. Everything in them has to be in pairs. He also sorts his shirts by color. Beckham struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Howie Mandel hosts the TV show “Deal or No Deal” and has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies. You might notice that he never shakes hands with contestants on his show. That’s because he has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is afraid of germs. That’s also why he shaves his head – to feel cleaner. Howard Stern also has a diagnosis of OCD, but it hasn’t kept him from building a radio show following from around the world.

8 Austism Satoshi Tajiri lives with Asperger Syndrome. As a child in Japan, he collected insects and wanted to be an entomologist. Other kids teased him and called him “Dr. Bug.” He also was fascinated with video games and often cut class, so he didn’t graduate from school. His name may not be familiar to you, but his work probably is. He created Pokemon! Darryl Hannah was diagnosed as “borderline autistic” when she was three years old. It may be that, had she been evaluated later, she would have been found to have Pervasive Developmental Disorder, NOS or Asperger Syndrome. Hannah is a Hollywood actress who starred in the move Splash and the Kill Bill movies. James Durbin didn’t let Asperger Syndrome get in the way of his singing career. In 2011, he finished in the top four in the tenth season of American Idol.

9 ADD/ADHD Michael Phelps had a very hard time sitting still, and so he was encouraged to engage in physical activity to have a positive outlet for his energy. He took up swimming when he was 7 years old. He was diagnosed with ADHD at 9 and started taking medication, but didn’t like the side effects and found that concentrating on swimming helped him out. He has won a total of 16 Olympic medals in swimming, including 14 gold. Terry Bradshaw is another successful athlete with ADHD. As quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, he became the first quarterback ever to win three Superbowls, and then the first to win four! He is a football commentator and host. Ty Pennington loved woodworking when he was growing up. He used to design fabulous structures and build them himself with the help of the neighborhood kids. At 17, he was diagnosed with ADHD. He worked his way through art school as a carpenter. Eventually he landed a job as a carpenter on the TV show Trading Spaces, and then got his own show as the host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

10 ADD/ADHD James Carville could never sit still as a child. Nevertheless, he did well in school because he was very smart. He was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. He served in the Marine Corps and got his law degree, finally becoming a political consultant. In 1992 he was the chief strategist for the election campaign of Bill Clinton. You can see him on network news political shows and making cameo appearances in movies, most recently in 2011’s The Muppets. Solange Knowles was an adult before anyone realized she had ADHD. The singer and DJ (and younger sister of Beyonce) was so full of energy that people often accused her of being on drugs, but she wasn’t. Two different doctors diagnosed her with ADHD before she was willing to believe it. Michelle Rodriguez has always had trouble focusing, particularly when she is alone. She now realizes she has ADHD. You can see her on the TV show Lost, and she is also a writer and director.

11 ADD/ADHD Jamie Oliver was diagnosed with ADHD when he was a child. He currently manages his symptoms with a healthy diet. That should be pretty easy for him, since he’s a world famous celebrity chef. Justin Timberlake is one of many people with ADHD who also have other disorders. In his case, in addition to his attention issues, he has OCD. Timberlake got his start singing with on Star Search and The New Mickey Mouse Club. He was the lead singer for ‘N Sync and now has a successful solo career. Jim Carrey had such a hard time sitting still in school that his teacher used to make him a deal: if he could sit still and not interrupt, he could have time to entertain the class. Maybe that’s where he honed his fabulous comedy skills, which you can witness in his many movies.

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