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11 Celebrities with Dyslexia Who Made It Big

The Huffington Post   Jordan K. Turgeon First Posted: 07/14/2011 8:30 am Updated: 09/13/2011 5:12 am

It's possible between 15 and 20 percent of the population have symptoms of dyslexia, according to the International Dyslexia Association. These symptoms could include slow or inaccurate reading and poor spelling or writing skills. Dealing with dyslexia and other learning disorders can prove extremely difficult and frustrating, whether the individual is a child at the time of diagnosis or a grown adult. A struggle with dyslexia can lead to problems in school and low self-esteem.

But success and personal and professional achievement are still fully possible in spite of that frustration. Just one example of this is a recent Business Insider profile of 15 CEOs who have learning disorders, including Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, among others. Reachers have suggested famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso may have also suffered from learning disorders.

And in Hollywood, a handful of stars have come forward in recent years to share their experiences with dyslexia and provide hope for others. The following is just a handful of those famous names and faces linked to to the disorder, as well as how some of them dealt with the symptoms. Their stories serve to inspire others struggling with dyslexia.

Henry Winkler
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Forever known by many as The Fonz, the "Happy Days" star recently published a series of books with co-author Lin Oliver about the adventures and stories of a dyslexic fourth grader named Hank Zipzer. Winkler has played a significant role in bringing more awareness to the disorder.
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