Famous Dyslexics talk about their challenges

I have always liked the Harry Potter books myself, as they tend to challenge their imaginations and their literacy level. My clients like the fact that after such a short time they manage to read and understand the quite complex writings of JK Rowling. When I saw that segment on Princess Beatrice in the papers and her love of the Harry Potter books, I simply had to post this:

Princess Beatrice of York
“Princess Beatrice, grand-daughter of the Queen of England and eldest daughter
of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, ought to be referred to formally –
and with a curtsey or bow – as Her Royal Highness. Although Beatrice is sixth
in line to the throne, she’s a thoroughly modern woman and says, “I don’t want
any of that. I’m just Beatrice. Maybe before they meet me people might be a bit
scared, but once they find out I’m just me, it should make it easier.”
It might also put some people at ease to know that she’s dyslexic. Recently, she
visited Bolingbroke Academy and the ARK Globe Academy in London, and told
students at those institutions that “dyslexia is an opportunity” that should not
hold them back. It certainly hasn’t held Beatrice back. She left school with very respectable grades
and also did well as a student of history at Goldsmith’s College in London.
Beatrice told the students she visited, “Dyslexia is not a pigeonhole to say you can’t do anything.
It is an opportunity and a possibility to learn differently. You have magical brains, they just process
differently. Don’t feel like you should be held back by it. I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was
seven, and it was a bit of a struggle to begin with. It was a challenge as I began my school career –
spelling and reading was something I couldn’t really get my head around.”
She went on to tell the kids that the Harry Potter books changed how she felt about reading:
“The second the story came out, I couldn’t put it down. Now I read so much quicker, so much better,
and I studied history at university which involved a lot of reading.”

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