Not lost for words: Dyslexia Awareness Week, 31 October

28th October 2011 at 01:00
Only a few years ago those suffering silently at school with what we now know as dyslexia were branded "stupid". But it's a burden shared by many famous figures. Read more with Dyslexia Action, the UK's largest dyslexia charity. www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk

1. ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955)

He may have devised the theory of relativity, but he never learned how to tie his own shoelaces properly. The diagnosis was made on the grounds that, despite his genius, he failed to remember the simplest of things - such as the months of the year. Learn about helping dyslexics with memory in a resource shared by julsgate.

2. HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (1805-75)

The author is said to have overcome dyslexia to become the creator of The Emperor's New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea and The Little Mermaid. After his father died, Hans attended grammar school but his dyslexia made the experience difficult. Follow prompt cards by JMM3 to help improve reading.

3. HENRY WINKLER

Best-known as the Fonz in Happy Days, the actor did not realise he was dyslexic until the age of 31. In September this year he was awarded an honorary OBE for his work helping dyslexic children - including his story about Hank Zipzer, a boy with dyslexia whose experiences are based on the actor's struggles. Learn more about Hank at www.hankzipzer.com

4. TOM CRUISE

The star has said he suffered abuse as a child - partially because he was dyslexic. His father was tough on him when things went wrong and he dropped his surname at the age of 12. He went through 15 schools in 12 years and says he was also badly bullied. Read more about him and dyslexia at Being Dyslexic UK: http:tinyurl.com5wvrp9e

FAMOUS BRITISH DYSLEXICS

One of the world's richest men, Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson, has dyslexia, which resulted in a poor academic performance as a student. School, he says, was something of a nightmare for him. Actress Susan Hampshire is a well-known dyslexic and has spoken of the torment of learning lines. And more recently another actress, Kara Tointon of EastEnders, spoke movingly about her battle with the condition. She says her aim is "to read a whole novel". Read about teaching children with dyslexia in a resource shared by TTRB.

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