Which Celebrities Have Learning Disabilities?


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Many famous celebrities have publicly admitted being diagnosed with dyslexia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, and dyscalculia. Whoopi Goldberg has discussed her life with dyslexia publicly. The epic film director Steven Spielberg did not discover his dyslexia diagnosis until his 60s. Former NSYNC* crooner and singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake lives with ADHD, as does Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps.

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Dyslexia, which is characterized by difficulty reading, also afflicts celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Grammy-winning singer Cher, top-billed actress Keira Knightley and CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper. Other famous people with dyslexia include Jennifer Aniston, Orlando Bloom, Jay Leno, Richard Branson and Harry Belafonte.

Dyscalculia, a severe difficulty in making arithmetical calculations as a result of a brain disorder, is less discussed than dyslexia. But many celebrities have come forward with their conditions regarding numbers. Henry Winkler, Cher and Mary Tyler Moore are musical artists and actors who have discussed dyscalculia. Many times dyslexia and dyscalculia are found together, which explains Cher's diagnosis with both learning disorders. Mathematician Albert Einstein, founding-father Benjamin Franklin and inventor Bill Gates are other famous people outside the entertainment sphere who are said to have dyscalculia.

Due to increased knowledge and diagnosis of ADHD, many celebrities have come forward to discuss their chronic condition that includes attention difficulty, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Comedian and actor Jim Carrey, "Extreme Makeover" host Ty Pennington, socialite Paris Hilton and comedian Howie Mandel have all discussed their ADHD. James Carville, the political consultant, and Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine have talked about dealing with ADHD in adulthood.

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