Leaders, Visionaries and Dreamers: Extraordinary People with Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities



Series: Disability and the Disabled – Issues, Laws and Programs
BISAC: EDU026020

This book is an in-depth look at 12 incredible people with LD and dyslexia whose lives are characterized by major accomplishments and contributions that they have made in their respective fields as well as on the contemporary American scene. These men and women are from a variety of fields – arts and literature, science, politics and sports. Included are individuals such as Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California; Gaston Caperton, former governor of West Virginia and President of the College Board; MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Award”-winning paleontologist, Jack Horner; one of America’s pre-eminent visual artists, Chuck Close; actor Henry Winkler and financier Charles Schwab.

The book is not framed as a “feature piece” but one that develops the trials, tribulations and triumphs in unique ways, befitting those who have become extraordinarily successful despite the odds. The writing is constructed to explore a myriad of underlying dynamics of accomplishment to give the reader a thematic view of LD and dyslexia by hearing the voices of those included in the book. The content for the book was derived from extensive interviews and is presented in a reader-friendly format from what has been gleaned from research and the prevailing wisdom in this area over the last 25 years. (Imprint: Novinka )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Authors’ Note: Defining Our Terms


Chapter 1. Research from the Inside Out

Chapter 2. Biographical Sketches

Chapter 3. Should “It” Be Called a Learning Disability, Learning Difference, or What?

Chapter 4. The Challenges of Learning Disabilities in Adulthood

Chapter 5. Recollections of Being a Student

Chapter 6. Now and Then

Chapter 7. Finding a Niche

Chapter 8. Can Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities Be Considered a Gift?

Chapter 9. Problem-Solving as a Way of Life

Chapter 10. Critical Incidents along the Way

Chapter 11. Teachers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Chapter 12. Disclosing their Learning Disabilities

Chapter 13. Tech Support

Chapter 14. Sporting Chance

Chapter 15. Paying it Forward

Chapter 16. Too Tidy a Tale

Chapter 17. In Retrospect: Wisdom about their Learning Disabilities


Recommended Reading and Works Cited

About the Authors


The main market for this book is adults with learning disabilties and dyslexia first, parents second, and professionals third. It should be noted that there are millions of adults with learning disabilities and dyslexia who would be very interested in this book. Moreover, it is written with them in mind so they can read it, understand it, and enjoy it.

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