Dyslexic Strengths

Steven Spielberg discusses his life with dyslexia:

Although their unique brain architecture and “unusual wiring” make reading, writing, and spelling difficult, most people with dyslexia have gifts in areas controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain. The right side controls:

  • Artistic skill
  • Athletic ability
  • Musical ability
  • Mechanical ability
  • People skills
  • 3-D visual-spatial skills
  • Vivid imagination
  • Intuition
  • Creative, global thinking
  • Curiosity

Some Famous Dyslexics

If I wasn’t dyslexic, I probably wouldn’t have won the Games. If I had been a better reader, then that would have come easily, sports would have come easily… and I never would have realized that the way you get ahead in life is hard work. – Bruce Jenner

I was one of the ‘puzzle children’ myself — a dyslexic… And I still have a hard time reading today. Accept the fact that you have a problem. Refuse to feel sorry for yourself. You have a challenge; never quit! – Nelson Rockefeller

As a child, I was called stupid and lazy. On the SAT I got 159 out of 800 in math. My parents had no idea that I had a learning disability. – Henry Winkler, actor


Famous People with Dyslexia.  http://dyslexia.yale.edu/index.html

Actors, Performers & Producers Entrepreneurs & Executives Scientists
Nelsan Ellis

Whoopi Goldberg

Jay Leno

Fred Newman

Roger Ross Williams

Henry Winkler

Artists, Architects & Designers

Samuel Botero

Jerry Pinkney

Richard Rogers

Willard Wigan



Danny Boome

Community Leaders

Keith L. Magee, Th.D.


Beryl Benacerraf, M.D.

Blake Charlton, M.D.

Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, M.D.

Tyler Lucas, M.D.

Karen Santucci, M.D.

Stuart Yudofsky, M.D.


Diane Swonk




Carol Moseley Braun

Nancy Brinker

Ari Emanuel

Daymond John

Steve Mariotti

Douglas Merrill

Charles Schwab



Ann Bancroft

Jack Horner

Public Servants

Michael Bennet

Carol Moseley Braun

Anne M. Burke

Sam Gejdenson

Dan Malloy

Gavin Newsom


David Boies

Rafael Galvan

Bonnie Patten

David Schoenbrod

Kent Sinclair

Maggie Aderin-Pocock Ph.D.

Carol Greider Ph.D.

Jack Horner



Liz Ball

Steve Mariotti

Sports Personalities

Sir Jackie Stewart

Joe Whitt, Jr.

Writers & Journalists

Jeanne Betancourt

Max Brooks, Author

Octavia Butler

Blake Charlton

Gareth Cook

Carmen Agra Deedy

Richard Engel

John Irving

Philip Schultz

Victor Villaseñor

Wendy Wasserstein