As dyscalculia is less diagnosed than dyslexia, it is less present when it comes to information and resources on websites and blogs. Dyslexics, for example, can find extensive lists of famous people who have or were reported to have had dyslexia. Dyscalculics are left more on their own when looking for such sources of encouragement and inspiration.
A search for famous dyscalculics does turn up a few names. American actor Henry Winkler is mentioned as having both dyslexia and difficulty with math. Singers Robbie Williams, Cher and Mick Hucknall are both dyscalculic. Actress Mary Tyler Moore is also included on lists of celebrities with dyscalculia. These lists, however, are much shorter than comparable ones dealing with dyslexia.
When faced with such a dearth of information, dyscalculics may instead have to look elsewhere for inspiration. Namely, among themselves. As awareness of dyscalculia grows, so too does awareness of the challenges faced by people with this learning difference and respect for how they deal with those challenges.
Learning about dyscalculics like Jack Harley-Walsh, who didn’t let his learning differences keep him from scaling either educational or actual peaks, can inspire other students with dyscalculia to push their own limits. It can be enormously encouraging to read blogger Savannah Treviño’s article on her own success as a student because and not despite her dyscalculia.
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To our dyscalculic readers: who are your role models and inspirations? If you would like to share your own story about what gives you motivation and encouragement please chime in via the comments below.
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Dear nam/sir ,found your website very informative.i m.a mother of 10 yr old boy who z still facing lots of problems in maths especially for identifying ascending n decending order,decimals n word problems .he doesnt understand the simple concept s n try to mug up things ,i dont know weather he z weak in maths or these r any how related to any problem.i m in great dilemma n tension now within few months he will go to grace 5 when maths z really going to b a challenge for him.kindly let me know few ways by which i can identify the problem at home n remedies or solutions to improve his maths still .plz help me out i have tried many things but its not working out.i stay in a area where dont have acess to any counsellors so kindly help me with the suggestion s which i can myself try with him to improve his maths concepts n speed.eagerly waiting for your reply.regards… namy.
Thank you for your message!
I have had a look through our archive to find articles suitable for your situation (links below), we are constantly researching and adding to our blog so you might also find some useful posts in the future.
All the best,
Thanks a lot james for your great help
I have only just been diagnosed aged 42 but prior to this I attained a postgraduate Master’s degree in Applied Social Studies and practised for 7 years as a qualified social worker. Despite my everyday struggles, my strength in writing/literacy and my empathy have carried me through and I am now considering training as a counsellor.
Thank you for leaving this comment! It’s always great to hear from someone who has battled through the difficulties of dyscalculia and its an inspiration to know that someone with such life experience will be helping others!
I just got diagnosed recently with Dyscalculia. I’m 47 and got post grad cert fairly easily but started struggling with Msc. I’m not sure if I will be able to continue with research but will take all the help I can get from the University. It’s certainly answered a lot of questions I’ve been having since about the age of 7. Still processing all this though. Nonverbal processing is also poor.
Thank you for your comment. I will research into the support that universities can give you and post my findings on the blog. Which country are you studying in? Also if you would like to talk to others that have dyscalculia, we have a Dyscalculia Support Group on Face book just follow this link.
Hi, I’ve been trying to find more articles about dyscalculia that could help me with my thesis. Unfortunately, it is not as common as dyslexia like what you’ve said here. I’m taking Masters in teaching Math and I’d like to find a valid tool being used in assessing possible students with dyscalculia. Pls help me find one. Thank you.
Thats a great question and unfortunately no diagnostic tool instantly comes to mind, but leave it to me and I’ll do some digging on this topic and i’ll get back to you in a couple of days.
I came across these screeners:
GL Assessment Dyscalculia Screener
Educational Psychologist Dyscalculia Screener
and thought they may be of help.
My daughter Aastha Sharma has Dislexia and discalculia.After very hard work she won so many audition s.she want fame in singing..please help.i m from India Delhi.
Hi Sasha, Thank you for reaching out to us. May I ask how old your daughter is? I think some regular training with some applications help boost her confidence with letters and numbers, I can recommend some if you like 🙂
Heavens. I have 19 of the 20 signs listed in the Wikipedia article on dyscalculia. Getting lost in the music wast he most vexing, but others cost me more. Nevertheless I made my way with a camera onto the faculty at Yale; published many pieces of journalism; and ultimately became a school psychologist (really!) with three graduate degrees. Lots of sweat, there … and I am a published author even though it took ten years, not to write the book, but to organize it! If you have the signs listed in the Wikipedia article, hang in there. You may well have the kind of lopsided talents that Washington, Darwin, DaVinci, and Galileo had … pay attention to what draws you and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do what you really want to do. I am in my 70’s now, and at last I don’t get embarrassed when I can’t figure out the schedule at the airport.