All Success Stories

  • Success Stories: Florence Welch
    Successful musician Florence Welch found her passion in singing, in part, because of her dyslexia.
  • Luz Rello
    Luz Rello is a Spanish researcher who has dedicated her PhD research and fellowship to studying and understanding dyslexia.
  • Aakash Odedra
    Odedra, despite his weaknesses with written language, found his strength in the communicative power of dance.
  • Abhishek Bachchan
    Bollywood producer and actor Abhishek Bachchan has struggled with dyslexia since he was a child.
  • Adam Norris
    In order to offer assistance to dyslexic entrepreneurs, Norris set up his own company, Horatio Investments, which has $172 million to invest in start-up companies run by those with dyslexia.
  • This story was submitted to us by a dyslexic teacher/tutor of dyslexic children.
  • Agatha Christie
    It’s been 100 years since author Agatha Christie created the famous private detective Hercule Poirot and launched her career as one of the most successful authors of her time.
  • Alex Green
    This Green Bay Packers player discovered he was dyslexic through exploring his talents on the football field.
  • Alex Malchow
    This father-son duo have written a bestselling story about having the courage to overcome hardship -- and it was all inspired by a learning disability.
  • Alexander Faludy
    Alexander Faludy is known as being a child prodigy because of his vast intelligence From England, he truly has defied all odds to get where he is today.
  • Alice Beard
    A now successful author from Kalamazoo, Michigan reflects on her struggles in school and how she overcame them.
  • Alyssa Milano
    Alyssa Milano has had her share of success, despite being dyslexic.
  • Anderson Cooper
    Anderson Cooper is a well-known journalist and TV personality on CNN, but he struggled with dyslexia at a young age.
  • Andrae Crouch
    7 time Grammy winner, Andrae Crouch and his lyrics have reached people for over 50 years.
  • Andrew Dornenburg’s path to success in the culinary world has been anything but linear.
  • Angie Le Mar
    Making people laugh is what Angie Le Mar does best, but her life has been far from easy...
  • Ann Bancroft
    Ann Bancroft’s life is full of firsts: In 1986, she became the first woman to cross the ice of the North Pole, traveling 1,000 miles by dogsled.
  • Anna Brown
    The following story was submitted to us via email by Joshua Brown and was written by Anna's mother, Sarah J. Brown.
  • Ansel Adams
    Imagine you were 12 and were asked to leave schools because you were dyslexic. That’s what Ansel Adams went through when he was young.
  • Anthony Andrews
    British actor and Golden Globes winner Anthony Andrews was introduced to the stage by his English teacher. As a student, Andrews had been fiercely struggling in school with reading and writing because of his dyslexia, and he lacked confidence with reading out loud in class.
  • Anthony Hopkins
    How was Anthony Hopkins able to win an Oscar, two Emmys, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement? He credits his dyslexia for his interest in acting.
  • Ari Emanuel
  • Avi (Edward Wortis)
    Edward Irving Wortis, or known to most by his pen name Avi, is an award-winning children’s book author.
  • Barbara Corcoran
    Shark Tank celebrity investor and real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran didn’t do well in school when she was younger. Her grades suffered because of dyslexia, which she wasn’t fully aware she had until her son began to have trouble in school in a similar nature.
  • Bella Thorne
    Hear a young actress discuss her character's, as well as her own, life with dyslexia.
  • Ben Foss
    The invention of the Intel Reader was inspired by its creator's dyslexia.
  • Benjamin Zephaniah
    Benjamin Zephaniah holds the title of poet, writer, musician, professor, and holder of 16 honorary doctorates-- he also never received formal education past the age of 13.
  • Bernard Taylor
    British playwright and novelist Bernard Taylor surrounded himself with the literary arts. He studied at an art college in London and moved to New York City as a young man, where he made a living as an actor, writer, and illustrator.
  • Billy Blanks
    The famed Taebo expert discovered his dyslexia late in life, but is still a successful body-shaping sensation.
  • Blake Charlton
    Blake Charlton learned to cope with his dyslexia by developing humor and making fun of himself.
  • Brad Falchuk
    Co-creator, executive producer, and writer of hit TV shows Glee and American Horror Story, Brad Falchuk has made a career out of his talents despite living with dyslexia.
  • Brad Little
    As a child, he didn’t feel comfortable talking to people, didn’t feel smart, and didn’t read - although he now has to read scripts frequently for productions that he’s in.
  • Brian Meersma
    ​Through his hard work exploring assistive technology and helping others, seventeen-year-old Brian Meersma embodies the term self-advocacy.
  • Byron Pitts
    American journalist and author, Byron Pitts has had his own struggles with dyslexia.
  • Carol Greider
    For a woman who has made a breakthrough in DNA and cancer research and won a Nobel Prize, it’s hard to imagine that she was barely accepted to graduate school.
  • Upon publishing his first novel, Learning Without Reading: Extreme Dyslexia, dyslexic Casey M Tate realized his dream of becoming an author had become true.
  • Channing Tatum
    Channing Tatum struggled with both ADHD and dyslexia as a kid growing up. He was placed in the special education classroom with children who had Down Syndrome and autism because of his learning disabilities.
  • Pete Conrad
    Charles “Pete” Conrad, commander of the second mission to the moon, Apollo 12, was one of the first people to set foot on the moon.
  • Charles Schwab
    Charles Schwab, the 67th richest man in America and one of the world’s most influential and esteemed businessmen, credits his success to his dyslexia.
  • Chef Marco Pierre White
    A kitchen guru, this chef and former mentor to Gordon Ramsay discusses his experience with dyslexia.
  • Success Story: Cher
    It may be hard to believe that one of the most famous entertainers ever was a high school dropout.
  • Chris Koehl
    Former So You Think You Can Dance participant Chris Koehl opens up about his learning disability.
  • Christine Finn, a dyslexia high school dropout, spends most of her working life as a freelance journalist, including for The Guardian and British Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Christopher Lowell
    Christopher Lowell has worn a variety of hats in his career, simultaneously being an interior decorator and a well-known television personality on the Discovery Channel.
  • Chuck Close
    The famous photorealist painter had to overcome many hardships in his life, but not without learning the value of perseverance.
  • Chuck Lotta
    Chuck Lotta, also referred to as “Professor” by the people who have seen his work at the annual festival known as Burning Man, has created a life for himself around the element of fire.
  • Claudenia Williams
    Teachers play a vital role in recognizing if a student is showing signs of a learning impairment. They can accommodate for a child’s learning disability in a variety of ways- providing additional worksheets, introducing a topic through a different angle, and other supplementary material.
  • Collin Corkum: Dyslexia Breakthrough
    A 95-year-old former teacher talks about how he continues to help dyslexics succeed.
  • Craig McCaw
    Craig McCaw took over the family business after his father passed away, building a $12.6 billion cellular company that began in his Stanford dorm room.
  • Dale S. Brown
    Both a previous strategic consultant and disability policy expert in Washington DC as well as a senior manager of LDOnline, Dale Susan Brown is nationally recognized as a tireless advocate and spokesperson for individuals with learning disabilities.
  • Daniel Powter: Singer, Songwriter, Musician, and Dyslexic
    Rather than viewing his dyslexia as an obstacle, Daniel Powter calls it a “gift,” that allows him to focus on his own compositions and experience music from a purely auditory outlet without the barrier of sheet music.
  • Governor of Connecticut: Dannel Malloy
    This famous politician did not let his school struggles or his dyslexia slow him down.
  • Growing up in Peterborough, England, Danny Boome struggled greatly with math, was known for having a shorter attention span than most, and found reading aloud to be a genuine nightmare.
  • Danny Glover
    With all of the lines he has to memorize and deliver as a famous actor, no one would suspect that a guidance counselor once described Danny Glover as retarded in school.
  • Dav Pilkey
    "Try to remember that being unsuccessful in school doesn’t automatically mean you’ll be unsuccessful in life. Lots of people who didn’t excel in school still went on to have successful lives."
  • David Arquette
    This Dancing with the Stars performer and acclaimed actor used to fear public speaking due to dyslexia -- but not anymore!
  • David Boies
    David Boies has been involved in many high-profile lawsuits in the United States, but he struggles with reading and has a very limited vocabulary. How is he a successful lawyer with those struggles?
  • David Flink is the co-founder of the organization Eye to Eye, and has accomplished so much since its inception in 1998
  • David Neeleman
    David Neeleman has founded three different airlines in his career, while also dealing with the everyday stresses of dyslexia as well as ADHD.
  • Daymond John
  • Dean Kamen
    Not many people know who invented the Segway, the futuristic-looking individual transportation vehicle, but now you do.
  • Dean Stalham
    Bueno Key, a short film written and directed by dyslexics, premiered in July of 2015. The film’s screenwriter Dean Stalham is an award-winning writer whose dyslexia wasn’t diagnosed until he was 40 years old.
  • Known for her success as a romance novelist, Debbie Macomber has struggled with dyslexia all throughout her life.
  • Deirdre Silvestri made her dream of becoming an author come true. She is severely dyslexic, and it was well into her adult life until she was able to read well.
  • Diane Swonk is a financial commentator on national and international television. She is also an internationally recognized economist.
  • Success Story: Dillon Brennan
    This was written by Dillon Brennan, a bright young dyslexic who wrote in and offered to share his story.
  • Success Story: Dominic O’Brien
    Even with dyslexia, Dominic O’Brien has matched his memory against the greatest memory experts in the world and has come out victorious many times.
  • Douglas Booth
    Booth fell in love with acting at age 12 when he starred in a school play and decided he liked the onstage spotlight. But there was one problem-- Booth was dyslexic and wasn’t looking for a future with so many words.
  • For 59-year-old Duncan Goodhew, his career in the swimming pool was more to him than just a competitive sport.
  • Edward James Olmos
    One of the most influential and successful Hispanic Americans, Edward James Olmos grew up in a poor neighborhood in East Los Angeles and struggled with dyslexia all through his schooling and career.
  • Emma Jefferies
    Creative thinker Emma Jefferies has caught our attention with her buzzworthy set of videos about living with dyslexia.
  • Eric McGehearty
    As a 10-year-old, McGehearty became inspired by a summer art class and learned that he shouldn’t let his dyslexia stand in the way of becoming a success.
  • Erin Brockovich
    Erin Brockovich overcame dyslexia to become the lawyer who won a $333 million class-action lawsuit -- the largest of its kind in U.S. history.
  • Erna Solberg
    Erna Solberg, a dyslexic, has been Norway’s 21st Prime Minister since 2013 and is only the second woman to ever hold this position.
  • Ethan Linkner is a entrepreneur focused on Corporate and K12 educational technologies who was diagnosed with dyslexia in 6th grade.
  • Fannie Flagg
    Ever since she was six years old, Fannie Flagg had wanted to be a writer, but her dyslexia delayed that career.
  • Ben Worthington
    This is a brief story of how a guy with dyslexia turns so called deficits into veritable strengths, from Captain Chaos to Mr. List, who eventually becomes the proud owner of a fine website selling online courses for IELTS.
  • Success Story: Shaun Sanders
    The following was written by a very ambitious, intelligent, and confident dyslexic law student who got in touch with us via Reddit in May of 2013 and offered to share his remarkable story.
  • Frank Gore
    This San Francisco 49ers running back has struggled with dyslexia, but has still gone on to become a professional football player.
  • Fred Epstein
    Despite struggling with learning disabilities, Fred Epstein became one of the most innovative neurosurgeons in the pediatric field.
  • Dutch Artist GabyGaby
    Dutch multimedia artist GabyGaby shares his all-positive attitude about his dyslexia.
  • Gaston Caperton
    Gaston Caperton was elected as governor of West Virginia and served from 1989 until 1997. During his two terms, he emphasized that education was his first priority.
  • Gavin Newsom was San Francisco's mayor for almost ten years before becoming the state of California’s Lieutenant Governor.
  • George Burns
    American actor and comedian George Burns famously wrote “For me the toughest thing about dyslexia was learning how to spell it”. His comedic charm and successful television career make it hard to imagine him struggling with a learning disability. But Burns, who remained undiagnosed for most of his life, was constantly faced with anxiety and frustration during his career. The young George Burns struggled in school from the start.
  • Glenn Harrington
    Glenn Harrington achieved something he never imagined he would in high school—he is a published author.
  • Greg Louganis
    Even one of the world’s greatest divers ever has overcome some setbacks.
  • Gris Suarez
    This artistic woman's success story was written by Major Chris Heatherly of the United States Army.
  • Guy Ritchie
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Henry Franks, Dyslexic Product Designer
    Award-winning designer Henry Franks has found great success by incorporating his dyslexia into his work.
  • Henry Winkler
    Read about how the man who played The Fonz co-wrote 17 children's books inspired by his own struggles with dyslexia.
  • Ingvar Kamprad
    Ever wonder how IKEA came up with unique Swedish names for all of its furniture? It was from its founder, Ingvar Kamprad, who is dyslexic.
  • Scottish author of fifteen novels, many of which have received critical acclaim, Irvine Welsh didn’t jump right into writing-- he started composing songs as a young man, and then switched to writing poems, until finally graduating to the published author he is now.
  • Although Horner has had a very prolific career as a renowned palaeontologist, the road to where he is now has been a rocky one.
  • Jacob Meders
    One thing that didn’t stop artist Jacob Meders from living his dream was his dyslexia.
  • Jake Sage
    Middle-school dyslexic student ​Jake Sage combines a positive attitude and hard work with personalized strategies to succeed both in and outside of the classroom.
  • James Grady is dyslexic. He is also the author of Six Days of the Condor, Mad Dogs, and over ten other adult novels.
  • James Lovelock
    Now a common name in climate change discourse, James Lovelock became famous as the founder of the Gaia hypothesis, but is also known for his stance on global warming.
  • James Nuttall
    This man earned his PhD, worked with the Michigan Department of Education, and co-authored a book, all despite having dyslexia.
  • James Van Der Beek
    James Van Der Beek has had success in show business despite his challenges with dyslexia.
  • Children's author and playwright, Jane Elson, did not imagine herself as a writer when she was a kid.
  • Success Story: Jay Leno
    Comedian and former host of The Tonight Show Jay Leno believes that hard work, perseverance, humor, and a positive attitude have been the driving factors for his success in show business and overcoming dyslexia.
  • Jeanne Betancourt
    Jeanne Betancourt, author of the children’s novel series Pony Pals, grew up struggling with dyslexia. She found reading and writing difficult as a young student, and never considered herself a good speller or a quick reader-- yet she always enjoyed making up stories.
  • Jenny Dearborn, current Chief Learning Officer at global tech company SAP, overcame more than the gender gap associated with STEM careers to be where she is now.
  • Jeremy Bonderman
    Jeremy Bonderman’s Major League Baseball career almost didn’t exist because of his dyslexia.
  • Many of us have favorite books from our childhoods that we think of in times of nostalgia, but when it comes to remembering these impactful tales, we almost always remember the drawings that bring the stories to life rather than the words themselves.
  • Success Story: Jewell Loyd
    The WNBA’s #1 Draft pick of 2015, Jewell Loyd, went through a lot of hoops to secure her spot on the Seattle Storm basketball team.
  • JF Lawton
    JF Lawton is a prolific screenwriter, producer, and director from Riverside, California. Before he became a popular screenwriter, he suffered from severe dyslexia as a child, making school life difficult.
  • Jillian Levy
    Many scholars studying dyslexia have gone through extensive schooling to become experts in the field, but for one member of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), it was her experience that taught her what she knows.
  • Now back at the top of yet another multi million dollar cosmetics company, Jo Malone is speaking out about her dyslexia. She has said that the learning disability was never disabling, but a gift which allowed her to think creatively and face failure with an open mind.
  • Joe Wright
    Joe Wright went from being called "stupid" in school to directing movies based on some of the most complex literature in the world.
  • John Chambers
    It took a couple of large setbacks for John Chambers to realize that he could overcome anything.
  • John Fish
  • Success Story: John Irving
    This renowned author notes that his dyslexia is an advantage in his writing career.
  • John Lennon
    John Lennon's beautiful music with the Beatles would not have existed without his perseverance through dyslexia.
  • Jonathan Mooney
    Despite his early struggles, this dyslexic writer went on to graduate from Brown University, where he received an honors degree in English Literature.
  • Jordan Toma
    27-year-old Jordan Toma has a strong message for those, like himself, with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
  • Jovan Haye
    Jovan Haye overcame dyslexia (and several other obstacles) to become a professional athlete.
  • Justin Wilson
    IndyCar driver Justin Wilson is no stranger to hard work and perseverance.
  • Karen Tillery
    Karen Tillery never understood why reading caused painful headaches, teachers’ lectures were garbled, and new concepts were a struggle to understand.
  • Success Story: Keely McCabe
    This young dyslexic is now a published author.
  • Keira Knightley
    Did you know actress Keira Knightley originally got into acting because of her learning disability?
  • Kevin O'Leary, along with other successful entrepreneurs Barbara Corcoran and Daymond John, is an incredibly prolific and inventive business professional who stars on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” O’Leary, like his fellow sharks mentioned above, has struggled with dyslexia since before he can remember.
  • Laura Grey is a graduate student at the University of Michigan
    Laura Grey is a graduate student at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, and she has found her niche in learning new languages.
  • Lauren Santaniello
    This dyslexic college student has published her first novel and more are to come.
  • Leana Greene Success Story
    Leana Greene, CEO of the world’s largest parenting video library Kids in the House, grew up thinking being different meant being less. Starting at age six, she watched as her classmates seemed to grasp spelling and reading just fine, while she continued to struggle at a slower pace.
  • Nine-year-old Lillian Harris used to approach speaking aloud in school with alarm and dread, but upon learning she has dyslexia, her confidence in school has grown dramatically.
  • Lindsay Wagner became a household name in the 1970s due to her role as the main character of the hit TV show The Bionic Woman. Her interest in acting developed as a child, when she could express and cope with her emotions in acting classes—trying emotions in both her family and academic life.
  • Lindsey Stirling
    Recently awarded a spot on Forbes Top 30 Under 30 Musicians list for 2015, Lindsey Stirling didn’t catch the eye of the music world or public with her skills on the violin alone. Her use of electronics, animation, and modern sounds makes her music just as unique as she is.
  • Success Story: Liz Ball
    Both a lawyer and consultant for disability accommodations in the academic world, Liz Ball has accomplished a lot for those with learning disabilities.
  • Through the help of a writing competition promoted by BBC News, English native Louise Arnold has stepped into the spotlight as a writer of children’s literature.
  • Magic Johnson
    Magic Johnson may be most famous for his project in public awareness to help combat HIV. But there was another disability Johnson struggled with in his youth — dyslexia.
  • Malcolm Alexander
    This renowned sculptor encourages fellow dyslexics to "find their gift and persevere."
  • Marcia Brissett-Bailey
  • Success Story: Marilyn Bartlett
    It took Dr. Marilyn Bartlett until adulthood to realize she had a learning disability.
  • Mark Schlereth
    Not being able to read until he was in middle school didn’t stop Mark Schlereth from becoming a successful NFL player.
  • Marta
    A young woman discusses her dyslexia and how it has not stopped her from writing.
  • Novelist Max Brooks comes from Hollywood parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, but his life has been far from glamorous.
  • Success Story: Megan Beland
    The following was written by Megan Beland, a dyslexic author and illustrator who wrote a very heartwarming kids book about her little sister.
  • Success Story: Michael Bennet
    Despite all his success as a senator from Colorado, Michael Bennet failed the second grade.
  • Success Story: Muhammad Ali
    This successful boxer developed a reading program inspired by his struggles with dyslexia.
  • A winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the former White House Chief of Protocol, Nancy Brinker has had an incredible role in advocating for safety, health, and the overall prosperity of our nation and modern world
  • It wasn’t long before a young Nelson Rockefeller knew he would have to work twice as hard as his peers in order to succeed-- and succeed he did, becoming the Vice President of the United States under the administration of Gerald Ford.
  • Throughout her 20 years in the industry, her short films and documentaries have been aired on TV programs including HBO as well as online news outlets.
  • Nina G.
    Usually, it's not polite to laugh at someone with a learning disability. But in the case of Nina G., she wants you to laugh.
  • English singer, songwriter, and talented musician, Noel Gallagher is best known for his stardom arising from the rock band Oasis. Gallagher is less known for having dyslexia, a learning disability that has affected his life in a myriad of ways.
  • Nolan Ryan completed 27 seasons as a Major League Baseball pitcher before retiring in 1993, the longest career of any major league baseball player. But his academic status was not as successful as athletic skill. Ryan’s dyslexia proved to be just as tough as the sports he played.
  • Success Story: Octavia Butler
    Award-winning author of 13 books, including multiple best-selling trilogies, African-American female Octavia Butler proved her race and gender did not hold her back from doing what she loved-- and neither did her dyslexia.
  • Orlando Bloom talking with Access Hollywood about dyslexia
    Orlando Bloom talks with Access Hollywood about how dyslexia affected his education and his acting career.
  • Patricia Polacco
    Dyslexic author/illustrator and Michigan native Patricia Polacco talks about her work.
  • Patrick Dempsey
    Though "Dr. McDreamy" has had a successful on-screen career in the TV series Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey’s childhood wasn’t nearly as easy.
  • Paul Fisher
    This whiz of a computer programmer and CEO of Buyometric found success in spite of dyscalculia.
  • Paul Stankard
    This world-renowned dyslexic artist found his calling in glassblowing.
  • Peter Harrower
    From a young age, Harrower has thought about the world differently. When he found out he had dyslexia as a child, he thought he was being punished.
  • Philip Schultz
    This Pulitzer Prize winning poet overcame dyslexia by inventing a new way to read.
  • Prince Carl Philip of Sweden
    Although royalty, Swedish Prince Carl Philip has endured struggles just like the average person.
  • Grandchild to the queen of England, Princess Beatrice has spent much of her adult life working with organizations that focus on childhood education and support for learning difficulties such as dyslexia, a learning disability she was diagnosed with at age seven.
  • Princess Victoria
    Swedish Crown Princess Victoria was bullied because of her struggles with reading and writing. She now speaks up for dyslexic children.
  • Success Story: Quinn Lathrop
    Quinn Lathrop is an amazing 11-year-old who embraces his dyslexia as a gift and is passionate about educating the world about his gift.
  • Rebecca Kamen
    This dyslexic woman, fascinated by dyslexia, used her artistic abilities to create sculptures that represent brain cells.
  • Rebekah Cox
    The designer and developer of Quora battled dyslexia, but overcame it when she discovered her love for programming.
  • Rex Ryan
    The New York Jets coach embraces his dyslexia and encourages fellow dyslexics to do the same.
  • Success Story: Richard Branson
    What is Branson’s secret to success? Dyslexia. What many people may consider to be a weakness, Branson considers his greatest strength.
  • Richard Engel
    Engel's dyslexia helped him realize his passion for being thrown into alien environments and learning to survive.
  • Richard Ford is an American novelist and short-story writer, best known for the novel Sportswriter (and its sequels) and the short-story series Rock Springs.
  • Architect Richard Rogers is perhaps best known for designing iconic structures like the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Millennium Dome and the Maggie’s Centre in London and Terminal 4 Barajas Airport, Madrid.
  • This Hollywood writer wrote and directed Oscar-winning films, such as “Kramer vs. Kramer” and “Places in the Heart,” despite suffering from severe dyslexia throughout his life.
  • Robert Rauschenberg
    Robert Rauschenberg’s dyslexia helped him create art—art that uses words.
  • This poet overcame dyslexia to pursue her greatest passion: writing.
  • Robin Williams
    Robin Williams is a common name to people who are familiar with comedic movies and sitcoms. Despite having dyslexia, Williams has proven himself in the acting world through his extraordinary talent.
  • Rossie Stone
    Rossie Stone once was a young student struggling in school due to his dyslexia, trying every technique in the book with no success.
  • Award-winning author Sally Gardner created a career out of the very thing she called her enemy for years-- words. Gardner is severely dyslexic, and went through years of early schooling unable read or write.
  • Salma Hayek
    Learning a second language isn’t an easy task, but for Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek, it wasn’t impossible, even with her learning disability.
  • Sam Allardyce, former soccer player and current manager of the soccer club Sunderland in England, failed his high school exams in 11th grade. Undiagnosed at the time, the young Allardyce learned to focus on what he was good at and not beat himself up over what the school system told him he was bad at.
  • A graduate of the University of Portsmouth with a degree in graphic design, Barclay has combined his experiences with dyslexia and his interest in typographic design into I Wonder What It’s Like to be Dyslexic, a book which describes and visually depicts his experience of what it’s like to read. Barclay, using his own experience with dyslexia, manipulates and modifies text on the pages of his book to create a difficult reading journey for its readers.
  • Success Story: Scott Sonnon
    Scott Sonnon overcame very severe dyslexia and abuse by becoming a five-time world martial arts champion.
  • Skye Lucas
    With a multi-sensory approach to teaching, Lucas was able to return to traditional school feeling much more confident and focused.
  • Sonya Bridges
    Former teacher Sonya Bridges is using the lessons she learned from battling with her own dyslexia to help fight against the illiteracy that plagues society today.
  • Stephen J Cannell
    Stephen Cannell scripted 450 episodes and produced over 1,500 episodes over the course of his career working in television.
  • Success Story: Steve Walker
    After doing poorly in school, Steve Walker grew up to be a founder and CEO of his own company.
  • Steven Naismith
    This star soccer player learned the true meaning of hard work, thanks to his dyslexia.
  • Steven Spielberg
    One of the world's most famous directors has struggled with dyslexia all his life. Yet, he still went on to create some of film's best masterpieces.
  • English actress and 3-time Emmy Award winner Susan Hampshire went 30 years of her life before finding out she had dyslexia.
  • Sara Condon
    Now Senior Operations Manager at biotechnology company Sanofi Genzyme, Tara Condon has overcome a plethora of obstacles throughout her life to get her to where she is today.
  • Success Story: Tiffany Sunday
    This was written by Tiffany Sunday, a published author and dyslexic individual who reached out to us in June of 2014, eager to share her story.
  • Success Story: Tim Tebow
    The former Denver Broncos quarterback gives talks about his dyslexia and reads "Green Eggs and Ham" aloud.
  • Toby Cosgrove
    Both a CEO and a doctor, Dr. Toby Cosgrove presides over the prestigious Cleveland Clinic and was once a cardiac surgeon. However, he struggled mightily in college because of his dyslexia.
  • Tom Cruise
    Tom Cruise felt held back by his dyslexia, but hard work and determination led him to become an extremely successful actor.
  • Tom Dickson
    The man behind the development of the Will it Blend? video series and some of the world's most powerful home blenders reveals that he battles dyslexia.
  • Thomas Bolin ‘Tom’ Smothers, known for his role in the comedic TV duo The Smothers Brothers, earned his fame and by portraying the ‘dumber’ of the two brothers. Smothers accepted his role as part of his own life too, recognizing that he wasn’t as good at spelling and reading as his classmates throughout his schooling.
  • Tommy Hilfiger
    This renowned fashion designer's dyslexia was actually a contributing factor to his success.
  • Victor Villasenor
    Imagine dropping out of school in 11th grade unable to read, but with the dream of becoming a writer. That’s only a small portion of Victor Villasenor’s story.
  • Success Story: Vince Low
    Dyslexic himself, Vince Low decided to pay homage to famous dyslexics with his own unique art form.
  • Vince Vaughn
    For Vince Vaughn, making people laugh has never been hard. But not all things in life have come easy for the famous funnyman.
  • Four time winning artist of the Archibald Prize People's Choice, Vincent Fantauzzo looks back at his dyslexia as a blessing more than a disability.
  • Whoopi Goldberg
    Caryn Elaine Johnson, otherwise known as Whoopi Goldberg, is a talented actress, comedian, author, television host, and activist.
  • Success Story: Will Marsh
    Will Marsh discovered that he was dyslexic in the third grade and decided shortly after that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others living with dyslexia.
  • William Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard (HP), was expected to attend the prestigious Stanford College from an early age. His early academic performance did not project a Stanford acceptance, though.
  • Woodrow Wilson
    Imagine that you didn't learn to read until you were twelve -- and yet you went on to become the President of the United States.
  • Success Story: Yeoh Shu Wen Cassandra
    This bright young dyslexic went from school struggles to straight A's.
  • Zoe Wanamaker
    Zoe Wanamaker built her fame as an actress through her role in the 11 season-long series, My Family.