We recently read an article on Examiner.com about Steven Spielberg helping to bring dyslexia and legal rights into the news. The article referenced “Celebrities with Dyslexia Who Made it Big” by ABC News and explained the history and present day legal rights that have been put into place for children and adults with dyslexia.
What immediately caught our attention was the list of successful celebrities that suffer from dyslexia including Steven Spielberg, Steve Jobs, Henry Winkler, Tom Cruise, Keira Knightly, Orlando Bloom, Patrick Dempsey, Whoopie Goldberg, and Cher. It was great to see that although they may suffer from dyslexia, they are able to overcome obstacles and manage successful careers.
With all the support from the mentioned celebrities, dyslexia has become a more understandable topic in the media and they have supported the following legal rights:
- Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA)
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The listed legal rights have helped children and adults receive special education services, take part in investigative research, work with the latest technology, have access to support programs, and become informed and well represented in many dyslexic situations.
Overall, the article made it aware to readers that the legal rights have been effective and beneficial, but with a push from the celebrities, the issues may become more newsworthy to the general public.
Image source: Google images