Famous people with SpLDs

It can be helpful to know that having a specific learning difficulty does not mean that you can not achieve your goals. Indeed, many people with SpLDs play to their strengths which can include creativity, lateral thinking, being empathetic, etc. Over the years, I have assessed many artists, photographers, company directors, teachers, nurses, GPs and an international human rights lawyer.

Here are just some names of famous people who have not let their difficulties hold them back:                                                                                                                 

Dyslexia

Film, television and music: Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, Mollie King (from the Saturdays), Noel Gallagher, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Kara Tointon (from EastEnders and winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2010), Joss Stone, Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, Harrison Ford, John Lennon, Robbie Williams, Cher

Authors and poets: Hans Christian Anderson, Agatha Christie, Benjamin Zephaniah

Architects and artists: Richard Rogers (architect of the Millennium Dome and Pompidou Centre in Paris), Leonardo Da Vinci, Picasso, Rodin, Andy Warhol

Successful business people: Bill Gates (Microsoft Chairman), Steve Jobs (founder of Apple), Sir Richard Branson (founder of the Virgin brand). William Hewlett (co-founder of Hewlett Packard)

Chefs: Marco Pierre White, Jamie Oliver

Others: Prince Harry, Sir Steven Redgrave, Holly Willoughby 

 
Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder

Film, television and music: Daniel Radcliffe, Robin Williams, Marilyn Monroe, Stephen Fry

Successful business people and scientists: Sir Richard Branson, Einstein (could not tie his laces as a child or adult), Isaac Newton, Bill Gates

Authors: Emily Bronte, Ernest Hemingway

Artists and photographers: David Bailey, Picasso                                                                                                                                                                                    

Attention Deficit Disorder (which can occur with or without hyperactivity)

Film, television and music: Jim Carey, Handel, Dustin Hoffman, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Justin Timberlake

Successful business people: Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates

Sports people: Michael Jordan (basketball), Michael Phelps (swimming), Louis Smith (gymnastics)

Others: Carl Jung (Swiss psychotherapist and psychiatrist), George Bush, Evel Knievel (stuntman), Jamie Oliver