More and more famous celebrities are coming forward and admitting they have forms of Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD and Dyscalculia). Below is just a small cross section of famous dyslexics.
Sir Richard Branson
Being dyslexic can actually help in the outside world. I see some things clearer than other people do because I have to simplify things to help me and that has helped others. ”
Being dyslexic, I had to train myself to focus my attention. I became very visual and learned how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read ”
(Hans Albert Einstein, on his father) Albert Einstein
His teachers reported that he was mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in his foolish dreams ”
I hated school and felt really held back by my dyslexia. Xtraordinary People's campaign to provide a specialist teacher in every school is fantastic ”
I am a great supporter of Xtraordinary People as with the right training, teachers will not only be able to spot dyslexia in pupils early but will be able to support them and bring out their individual talents. ”
Sir Richard Branson stars in inspirational children’s audio book.
Sir Richard Branson talks exclusively about his struggles with dyslexia to inspire children, parents and teachers.
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It was with great regret that I didn't do better at school. People just thought I was thick, it was a struggle, I never really had anyone to help that understood dyslexia and who could bring out my strengths. I think it's really good that this charity helps kids realise that they've got possibilities and that they can excel in anything.”