Famous People with
Learning disabilities are more common than believed. Attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),
and Asperger's syndrome among others are just some of the
many conditions that cause learning disabilities. In most cases,
people develop or have these learning disabilities at a very tender
age, when they are expected to study, perform well in school,
compete with others and create the foundation for a successful
Albert Einstein was thought to be mentally retarded and this
was not just the opinion of the society but also his parents.
Did anyone imagine that the man would go on to be a defining factor
in the world of science? He is regarded as one of the brightest
minds in the history of mankind and he was a sufferer of what
is today known as Asperger's syndrome.
List of Famous People with Learning Disabilities
Alexander Graham Bell
Sir Richard Branson
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Bill Gates (maybe)
John F. Kennedy
Edward James Olmos
George C. Scott
George Bernard Shaw
Leonardo Da Vinci
Alexander Graham Bell, another iconic man and possibly one of
the most famous people who scripted a new technological revolution
of the world we now know, suffered from dyslexia. He was a poor
learner and struggled with traditional schooling. Imagine a world
without the telephone which he invented. The mobile, smart phone,
internet and nothing in regards to communication as we know it
may have been around.
Sir Richard Branson
There are many famous people who had learning disabilities.
Napoleon Bonaparte was autistic and he was one of the greatest
military strategists in the history of the world. Richard Branson,
a man who made his billions on his own accord, has publicly said
that he had dyslexia and perhaps that is the reason why he sees
the world differently.
Agatha Christie is one of those famous people who not only had
a global influence but inspired thousands of writers to hone their
skills. She had dysgraphia. She struggled to understand written
words. It is an irony of life that a person who had a learning
problem of understanding written words would go onto write the
most amazing mysteries weaved into words.
Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Walt Disney, Tom
Cruise, John F Kennedy and John Lennon are just some of the many
famous people who had difficulties with learning.
Kids with learning disabilities are looked down upon, they are
bullied, they lack self-confidence, feel odd about their inability
to do things the way others do and they are also discouraged,
often misunderstood and even castaway in many cases. Societies
have steadily realized that learning disabilities are not only
common but also that they are not something that don't have to
get in the way of people becoming successful and famous.