Edward Hallowell, an American psychiatrist, was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia.
His words ‘People who have huge abilities usually have a disability.’ are very interesting.
They made me look for more people who have reached the top of their professions despite having been diagnosed with a learning disability.
Albert Einstein: He could not talk until he was four. he did not learn to read until he was nine. His teachers said he was mentally slow , unsociable, and adrift in his foolish dreams. He failed the entrance exam to college, only passing after an extra year of preparation.
Vince Vaughn: ‘As a kid I had a hard time reading in school. I was the kid who would go one period a day to the class for kids with learning disabilities.’
Henry Winkler: ‘As a child I was called stupid and lazy.’ Henry Winkler is an accomplished actor and author of the Hank Zipzer books. His dyslexia was not diagnosed until he was 31 and was a most unhappy part of his childhood. His Zipzer books are about Hank who also has dyslexia. Henry Winkler tours schools reading his books and talking with children and teachers about having learning disabilities.
George Patton: He was bright and intelligent and bursting with energy. He was unable to read and write. He got through school by memorising what was said or read to him. His wife corrected his spelling, punctuation and his grammar.
Jay Leno: He got mainly C’s and D’s in school. When he was enrolling into Emerson college in Boston, the admissions officer said he wasn’t what they wanted.
Agatha Christie: This famous author had a learning disability called dysgraphia, which prevented her from producing a legible piece of writing. All her manuscripts very dictated to a stenographer.