No, individuals can succeed in varied fields despite their dyslexia. Examples include:
Ann Bancroft – First woman in history to cross the ice to both the North and South Poles.
Web site: http://www.yourexpedition.com
David Boies – Trial lawyer whose high-profile clients have included former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Jr., Napster, and the U.S. Justice Dept. in its antitrust suit against Microsoft.
Erin Brokovich – Real-life heroine who exposed a cover-up by a major California utility that was contaminating the local water supply. Their actions had severe, even deadly consequences to the members of the community. With her help, the townspeople were awarded a $333 million settlement, the largest ever in a U.S. direct-action lawsuit. (Julia Roberts played her in the movie with the same name.)
Stephen J. Cannell – Author and Emmy Award-winning TV producer and writer, who has created or co-created more than 38 shows, of which he has scripted more than 350 episodes and produced or executive produced more than 1,500 episodes. His hits include “The Rockford Files,” “A-Team,” “21 Jump Street,” “Wiseguy,” “Renegade” and “Silk Stalkings.”
Web site: http://www.cannell.com
Whoopi Goldberg – Actor and comedian, winner of an Academy Award for her supporting role in “Ghost,” also an Academy Award nomination for her role in “The Color Purple.”
Web site: http://www.whoopi.com
Click here for a list of other well-known people thought to have dyslexia or other learning disabilities. None of these people are letting dyslexia hold them back, so encourage students to focus on their strengths and interests!