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Walt Disney: ADHD

Walt Disney is thought to have had ADD/ADHD as a child. He obviously is highly creative and could conceive and draw out of his imagination onto paper.

Walt was definitely gifted, other things that allude to his ADHD

Preferred to spend his time drawing all of the time

Was a poor student

Dropped out of school at 16

Risk taker and emotional, tried to enlist in army at 16

Became a driver for the Red Cross overseas in France at 16 (risk taker)

Became a newspaper artist by the time he as 18

Innovator, experimented with animation on camera and opened his own animation business – first one in his field to do that

Brilliant – became an absolute icon and legend in his industry and sets the standard for all animation today.

One of the original founders of movies/animation industry in American industry.waltchild

Walt Disney is one of the most famous creators in the world; he built an empire that is still thriving fifty years in his absence. He succeeded in moving animation from a black –and-white novelty to a respected genre that would produce Oscar-worthy films. Walt Disney thrived to become one of the most influential figures in the entertainment industry – despite his ADHD.

During Walt Disney’s childhood he preferred to spend his time drawing and painting. Disney had to repeat a grade in school and he struggled to keep his grades up. In high school he took drawing and photography classes and attended the art academy in Chicago at night to enhance his talents. He participated in drawing competitions and contributed as a cartoonist for his high school paper.

He dropped out of high school at 16 and attempted to enlist in the army. He was rejected for being underage and he decided to join the Red Cross instead and was sent to France for a year to drive an ambulance.

After Disney returned from France, he pursued a career as a newspaper artist. He began to experiment with a camera and hand drawn animation and decided to open his own animation business. Disney only grew from there.

Walt Disney is a legend. His worldwide popularity to this day is based on the ideals his name represents: imagination, optimism, creativity and the self-made success of the American tradition. 


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