Success stories

Testing shows that people with dyslexia are no more or less intelligent than the population at large. Having dyslexia makes reading, and sometimes other skills, more difficult to acquire, but having dyslexia is not necessarily a barrier to success. In fact, many individuals with dyslexia have not only been successful, they have changed the world. Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Pablo Picasso all struggled with dyslexia.

Research has shown that wiring in the brains of people with dyslexia is different, and many believe that this different wiring of the brain causes people with dyslexia to see problems in different ways that can support innovation and success. Whether or not dyslexia is a gift, many individuals with dyslexia are living highly successful lives.

This video from Dyslexic Advantage illustrates this point beautifully:

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Surpassing Barriers: Ryan’s Journey

Clearly dyslexia is no barrier to success.  Here are just a few examples of men and women with dyslexia who are at the top of their professions.


Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of IKEA

Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Enterprises

John T. Chambers, CEO, Cisco Systems

Charles Schwab, American businessman and investor and the founder of the Charles Schwab Corporation.


Ben Carson, M.D., Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University

Brooks Edwards, M.D., Medical Director, Cardiac Transplantation, The Mayo Clinic

Mark Batshaw, M.D., Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s National Medical Center

Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, M.D., cardio- thoracic surgeon and President and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic

Blake Charlton, M.D., physician and novelist and essayist

Karen Santucci, M.D., Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine


Stephen Spielberg, Director

Channing Tatum, Actor

Jennifer Aniston, Actor

Orlando Bloom, Dyslexia

Billy Bob Thornton, Writer, Director and Actor

Whoopi Goldberg, Academy Award winning actress

Keira Knightley, actress

Jamie Oliver, Chef

Jay Leno, TV entertainer

Henry Winkler, actor and writer

Noel Gallagher, Singer, Song Writer


Tie Domi, hockey player

Justin Wilson, IndyCar Driver

Sir John Young “Jackie” Stewart, award winning race driver


David Boies, litigator in a number of landmark Supreme Court cases including Gore v. Bush and the decision on gay marriage.

Rafael Galvin, award-winning practitioner of corporate law

Bonnie Patton, leading malpractice litigator


Dan Malloy, Governor of Connecticut

Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor of California

James Carville, campaign consultant and television commentator


Florence Haseltine, M.D., Ph.D., Director, NIH Center for Population Research

Steven M. Stanley, Ph.D., paleobiologist

Carol Greider, biologist and winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine


Richard Ford, novelist, short story writer and Pulitzer Prize winner

John Irving, novelist and author of The World According to Garp

Wendy Wasserstein, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright

Philip Schultz, Pulitzer Prize winning poet

Photography, Art & Architecture

Robert Rauschenberg, painter and graphic artist

Richard Avedon, fashion and portrait photographer

Richard Rogers, internationally renowned architect

Willard Wigan, microscopic artist

Adventure & Exploration

Ann Bancroft

Jack Horner