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Dyslexia: Profiles of Success

Many of today's foremost innovators from a variety of fields—business, medicine, law, entertainment, design, government and literature—are dyslexic.  Most rose to their positions through talent, grit, and a careful navigation of barriers.   Meet some of these leaders in the pages of this book created by the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, co-directed by the distinguished physician-scientists and dyslexia experts Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D., and Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D. 

Among the 61 profiled are: 

  • Attorney David Boies
  • Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun
  • Physician and Cleveland Clinic CEO Delos (Toby) Cosgrove, M.D.
  • Actor Nelsan Ellis
  • Hollywood Talent Agent Ari Emanuel
  • Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel
  • Illustrator Jerry Pinkney
  • Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein
  • Documentary Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams
  • Actor and Author Henry Winkler

About the Author:

The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity (YCDC) is the trustworthy source of cutting-edge research, informed advocacy and trustworthy resources to help those with dyslexia reach their full potential. The Center’s tools and resources are used widely by parents, educators and those with dyslexia to advocate for greater recognition and support for dyslexic children and adults. YCDC builds awareness in all communities and mobilizes grassroots efforts to close the reading-achievement gap for all students, including for low-income students of color, through policies that help dyslexic children succeed. The Center also showcases the remarkable success stories of adults with dyslexia, including writers, scientists, celebrities, and government and business leaders.

YCDC was founded in 2006 by Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, world-renowned physician-scientists and leaders in the field of dyslexia research and diagnosis. Dr. Sally Shaywitz is the author of Overcoming Dyslexia, the seminal book on understanding and supporting those with dyslexia.


Binding: Paperback

Pages: 173

Dimensions: 8.5x11 in

Imprint: Seedlings Publishing