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Living with dyslexia can be a frustrating and disheartening experience for your child. At times, your child may feel hopeless in terms of reading skills since dyslexia is an ever-present condition. It is important to reassure your child that dyslexia does not mean they can never be successful. Many people with dyslexia lead full, productive lives—and some have even become famous. Here is a look at five famous people with dyslexia.
One of our nation’s Founding Fathers, Washington also experienced dyslexia. Despite this hardship, Washington led the Continental Army to victory during the Revolutionary War, and led the country for 8 years as its first president. Successful in the face of hardship, Washington is now memorialized on Mount Rushmore.
Leonardo da Vinci
Though you may know Leonardo da Vinci as a great artist, he was also a scientist and revolutionary thinker. In fact, researchers believe that the famous mirror writing da Vinci developed for his journals may have been a means of dealing with his dyslexia.
Comedian and longtime host of “The Tonight Show,” Jay Leno has been dealing with dyslexia since he was a child. His work ethic made him a success in school, knowing that he had to work harder than other kids. That same attitude has propelled him to major success in his adulthood, and he never let his dyslexia stop him.
American singer and entertainer Cher did not realize she had dyslexia until the age of 30. She had a difficult time in school, but has gone on to achieve worldwide fame and win a host of awards, including an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and an Emmy Award.
Greg Louganis has overcome a number of difficulties in his life, including dyslexia. An Olympic medal-winning diver, Louganis never let his dyslexia hold him back and achieved incredible athletic victories.
Living with dyslexia is not always easy, but with hard work and great teachers, your child will be able to achieve their dreams. Contact the Literacy and Language Center at (415) 242-1205 to find out more about how we can help your child succeed.