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Dyslexia is very common. It affects 1 in 10 people. You probably know someone with it. But it’s very misunderstood. Dyslexia can also affect:

Dyslexic people’s brains are wired differently meaning they approach things differently. This can give different gifts such as:

Problem solving and entrepreneurial skills make dyslexic people very good business men; Sir Alan Sugar and Richard Branson are dyslexic. A different way of thinking can bring wonderful creative and artistic abilities; Keira Knightly, Picasso, John Lennon and Lord Rogers (a renowned architect) are dyslexic. Imagination and curiosity have helped many dyslexic people become inventors and scientists; Henry Ford, Einstein and Thomas Edison were all dyslexic. 

It is a life long condition – the difficulties can be managed but it can’t be cured, dyslexia is something people are born with. It is genetic, scientists have begun to identify ‘dyslexic genes’ and it often ‘runs in the family'. Dyslexic people use their brains in a different way.. Which can be good! It is a neurodiversity which means that the brain processes information differently to others.

Many places actively recruit dyslexic people because of their unique skills!

Charities such as the British Dyslexia Association work hard with the government, schools and families to help people with dyslexia.

For advice you can call their National Dyslexia Helpline: 0845 251 9002 

There is also lots of information on dyslexia available here:

City College Filmmaking student, Hector O'Donnell has made a film inspired by his experiences of Dyslexia.

Hector is passionate about visual art, and has a particular interest in soundscapes and cinematography. Hector uses his art as a positive outlet for the frustrations associated with his Dyslexia and even attributes his creative talents to the condition.

Click below to see Hectors' fantastically creative short film 'Forwards in Reverse'.