Dyslexia, or developmental reading disorder, can create learning and social obstacles to students. Encourage your students to learn by telling them the stories of these stars, who have proved that everyone can be successful despite the illness or disability.
Orlando Bloom was first diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of seven. He spent his childhood struggling with this reading disorder. He turned to drama school for an outlet, where he mastered reading out loud. Bloom believes that, “creativity is the key to any child who has dyslexia”. His disability actually helped launch his successful career as an actor.
Read the full interview with Orlando Blum here.
Keira Knightley was diagnosed with dyslexia at age six. Knightley wanted to be an actress since she a young age. So her parents threatened to ban her from acting if she did not put an effort into learning to read. Dyslexia has actually made her into the successful actress.
Read interview with Keira Knightley about dyslexia here.
Patrick Dempsey was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 12 after spending years in a in a class for slow and retarded children. Despite that, he is a successful actor starred in many films and TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Sweet Home Alabama, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Valentine’s Day; Dempsey is still struggling with reading his lines, especially if he got the script just a few minutes before rehearsal.
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