“There were a lot of benefits to being dyslexic for me…I think I came into an appreciation of all those qualities of language…” Novelist Richard Ford
The traditional framing of ADHD, dyslexia and some other conditions as “learning disorders” seems to be increasingly challenged by the views of many researchers and artists that these can be considered “learning differences” and that such neurodiversity can actually benefit creative expression.
Of course, something like ADHD doesn’t magically become “good” or benign just having a different label, and many people’s lives are disrupted by such conditions.
An article on actor Charlize Theron, for example, said she “finds acting a struggle, because she suffers from chronic Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)” and the symptoms of “distractibility, restlessness, inability to sit still and difficulty concentrating on one thing for any period of time make it much harder for her to concentrate on a movie project.
“She tells gossip site The Scoop, ‘I have ADD, so for me to go and really dedicate myself to something for a period of time, it’s very important for me to like it.’”
[Daily Dish sfgate.com, Wednesday, January 5, 2005]
In her article The Creative Struggle, Julie Burstein writes about painter Chuck Close and his challenges.
Continued: Your Creative Mind with Learning Differences
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