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Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Beethoven with Learning Disability

February 9, 2008

By Bug

If anyone says that you are not smart as other because you have learning disability, don’t worry. Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Beetoven were the ones of famous people with learning disability. For someone disagnosed with a learning disability, it can seem scary at first. But a learning disability doesn’t have anything to do with a person’s intelligence, after all such as sucessful people as Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Tom Cruise, George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Henry Ford, Geroge Burn, Bill Cosby, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Babe Ruth, etc.

Sometimes talent and genius are more than just inherited or evident from birth. Overcoming a learning disability has shaped the careers and accomplishments of some of the most famous people in the world. They are just as intelligent, talented, and sensitive  as everyone else they simply have trouble processing certain types of information. There’s no cure for a learning disability. And you don’t outgrow it. Most people with learning disabilities learn to adapt to their learning differences, and they learn strategies that help them accomplish their goals and dreams.

Here’s what I found about Thomas Edison, Beethoven and AGB’s background….

Thomas Edison was kicked out of school when he was 12 because teachers said that he was too dumb. He was bad at mathematics, had trouble with words and speaking. Later he overcame his dyslexia and went on to patent more than 1000 inventions including the electric light bulb. He became deaf at the age of 14.

Ludwig Van Beethoven became deaf later in his young life when he composed his 9th symphony. He was very angry and struggling until he finished it.

Alexander Graham Bell suffered from dyslexia. He worked with deaf children. His mother and wife were deaf.

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  1. observer
    February 9, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Lord, why on earth are you glorifying AGB, the man who spread eugenic thinking across America and Europe????

  2. February 9, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Abraham Lincoln?

    I never knew about President Abraham Lincoln havea dyselexia. Seem something that I missed to research of his background.

  3. Jean Boutcher
    February 9, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Beethoven learning disabled? * Not that I know of. During my research on Beethoven in the Library of Congress for my term paper for the music class in 1989. I did not come up with any document about his learning disability.

    Biographer Green of England discovered two certain segments in Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” unmistakenly belonging to Jazz. He hailed Beethoven as the true Father of Jazz and shouted to his colleagues that he wished there were 4,000 DEAF composers like Beethoven. He concluded that Beethoven’s greatness was attributed to his deafness in that he did not become the greatest Romantic composer until he developed hearing problems.

    As of Alexander Graham Bell, biographies that I read in 1980s described him a mad genius, but not as intelligent as his two older brothers who could read in Laitn and Greek. He was obsessed with biology and genetic cells.

    * Nota bene: I am aware that vocational rehabilitation counselors labelled clients as learning-disabiled if if if they were deaf 20, 30 years ago. I do not know if it is true that all people born deaf or becoming deafened by three are automatically learning-disabled. I need to see a statistic first.

  4. February 9, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Whoa, I never knew Thomas Edison went deaf at 14. Why was that never mentioned to me in elementary… is this a known fact?

  5. February 10, 2008 at 5:13 am

    What’s your point, observer ? Try to stay on the topic! -Bug

  6. observer
    February 10, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    It’s not obvious? Interesting. I was questioning why you were praising Alexander Graham Bell, whose main claim to fame is a stolen invention, and who is one of the main spreaders of eugenics in the US. I am staying on point by questioning your choice of subject. Thank you.
    English is your friend.

  7. Kit-Kat
    February 10, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Huh? I never knew that Thomas Edison was deaf??? We always heard alot about him. Is it true that AG Bell was against deafs?

    We were so shocked that so many deafs from deaf schools never heard about Helen Keller!!! We asked them about her and they asked “who is she?” “oh she lives in the East”. She was gone for many years. Some deafs went to Gally and finally learned about her. It shocked us. Deafs who went to mainstreamed schools know about her. We thought deaf schools taught them as deaf history, but no education?? Helen Keller impressed us so much and how could she do better than us? Wow. Bravo!

  8. ASL Risen
    February 11, 2008 at 1:33 am


    Sorry that I did putting off to later because I was busy catching up in my home and shopping before I dropped my Deaf son to his bus point returning back his dorm.

    I am not sure about AG Bell. Ok so far AGBAD did donated money to sponsor Hillary Clinton but seems that AGBAD supporter her tv with no closed captioned!!??? Seem weird???

    Oh anyway here’s my video link: http://www.deafvideo.tv/watch/6124

  9. Texanman
    February 11, 2008 at 7:37 am

    President JFK had learning disability? He made it through the Harvard University! What amazing! I remember him so well and his famous quotation “Don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. Long Live JFK!!!!

  10. paul k
    February 27, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Observer thanks for spreading eugenics. i hadn’t heard about it..mean while thanks bugs for the info on famous with learning disabilities my class will be glad to hear about it….i’m also looking for research on cases of teachers misdiagnosing dyslexics as slow learners got any ideas???

  11. January 6, 2011 at 8:05 am

    tnx a lot its so useful in our lesson. you are a grace from god above.

  12. Thaovy
    May 16, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Thank alot for this , I fell better about my Austitic son. Life is better if you belive on that and some good paper like this. thanks

  13. Anonymous
    May 23, 2012 at 8:33 am

    This is horrible.

  14. Anonymous
    May 23, 2012 at 8:34 am

    This is horrible.

  15. anonymous
    October 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Edison was seven when his mother took him out of school. She did not like the treatment he was getting from the teacher who said he was stupid, so she home schooled him. He did go deaf in his left ear at an early age and lost 80% of his hearing in his right. Check out his bio to get the facts straight.

  16. anju
    November 30, 2012 at 8:42 am


  17. Anonymous
    February 5, 2013 at 10:22 am

    the heck so gay

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