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Dyslexia in the limelight

Tuesday 13 February 2024

It is always fantastic to see people in the public eye openly sharing their lived experience of dyslexia.

Whether you are an aspiring singer, racing car driver, entrepreneur, TV personality, or sports star - these dyslexic individuals use their influence and following to inspire young people, raise awareness, and challenge the stigma.

Here are a few we have been following on social media:

Paloma Faith

We all know Paloma Faith from her chart-topping hits, but did you know she is also dyslexic? Paloma described how being dyslexic never stopped her loving books, and how she will now encourage children to use their imagination when reading and writing!

Lewis Hamilton

Racing legend Lewis Hamilton didn’t discover he was dyslexic until he was 17. Lewis says, “‘I still have failures today and you’re constantly going to be learning so don’t be phased by that. It’s a part of the necessary journey to success. I just encourage you guys just to never give up.”

Theo Paphitis

You may know Theo Paphitis from Dragons' Den as well as being the entrepreneur behind Ryman Stationary, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue. Theo got involved with DAW 22 and said, “I was often labelled as ‘thick’ and put in the bottom sets, but I remember deciding early on that I was not going to let that influence my life and define me.”

Krystal Versace

Drag Queen, Krystal Versace won RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 3. The 21-year-old who identifies as female in drag is also dyslexic, she discussed it with other contestants on the BBC Three show. She said how being dyslexic helps her think differently and stand out from the crowd!

Alex Scott

Alex Scott is an ex-England women’s football player and now Pundit. Growing up, Alex had a speech impediment and she is also dyslexic. However, she went on to play for England Women’s as well as host and pundit for football!

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