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Cher, Singer, Actress
Cher has been in show business since she was 18 years old starting with It Ain’t Me Babe which launched her career. Although a famous actress and singer Cher was “unable to read even through high school, Cher was an undiagnosed dyslexic. She was consistently told by teachers that she wasn’t living up to her potential” – The Power of Dyslexia (tinyurl.com/kau5jbd). Despite her struggles, Cher persevered going on to be a famous recording artist for 5 decades.
German Physicist Albert Einstein didn’t talk until he was 4 years old and spoke haltingly until he was 9, afterwards he would respond to questions only after much deliberation. Einstein couldn’t read until he was 10 and even in his adult years his wife would write his books and papers for him because he couldn’t spell well. When he gave lectures, his aides would erase what he wrote and re-write on his blackboards because he couldn’t transfer what was in his head into print. His poor performance in all his classes, except math, prompted a teacher to ask him to drop out of school, telling him he’d never amount to anything. Today we still use his theories in Quantum Physics and he still continues to have an enormous impact in the science field.
U.S. Inventor, Thomas Edison’s teachers described him as ‘addled’ and his father thought he was a ‘dunce’. Edison’s headmasters warned him that he, “would never make a success of anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being ‘non-productive’. Even though he is most famous for inventing the light bulb he made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts, which he later reported, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
Actress Whoopi Goldberg has struggled with dyslexia her whole life. She was labeled as “dumb” and “retarded” while growing up, yet she had a mother who told her that she wasn’t stupid and could grow up to be anything she wanted. She is known for her roles in The Color Purple, Ghost, Sister Act, Star Trek: Generations, and Star Trek: Nemesis.
Actor Orlando Bloom stated that dyslexia is “ . . . a very great gift, which is the way that your mind can think creatively.” – The Power of Dyslexia (tinyurl.com/lfkezqq). He is most famous for playing Legolas in Lord of the Rings and playing Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean. Orlando Bloom took an IQ test in elementary school, scoring high, even though he did not do well with his reading or spelling.
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“I was considered smart and hard-working, but I always felt cheated. I thought other kids were having fun while I had to study so much harder than anyone else to get good grades. Some teachers claimed I was not motivated.
“Betty was the first professional and the only person I had spoken with who saw dyslexia as a talent. She gave me a sense of respect and validation which enable me to go out there to ‘do it.’ I was burnt out on education. My whole dream crushed. I thought I would never be able to do anything.
“She teaches proven techniques to help you improve your life. I can do anything and be what I want because of Betty’s program. What she teaches will bring you educational, emotional, and physical rewards that far outweigh the cost of the program.
“This is the only way I know of to turn your failures into success and to achieve your dreams and goals.”
– Scott, age 32
“I was reversing words and letters when reading and writing. It was really hard to concentrate. I was scared of my teacher, who yelled a lot. I couldn’t go into the learning disabilities program because you needed to be two grades behind, and I was behind one, getting Ds and Fs though I tried to do well.
“I began on Valentine’s Day in 1992. Betty knew exactly what I was going through. She could describe the problem and taught me how to explain it to others. I learned that my ability to perceive things from many sides was a gift. It was like a miracle.
“I began getting 100% on my spelling tests. I could do math. I learned how to center myself before a work period or a hard subject.
“Now I can usually just check to make sure I’m focused. I’m now getting straight As. I feel really good that I had the opportunity to go through Betty’s program. It changed my life!”
– Sylvia, age 12 (attended when age 10)