Dyslexia affects around 10% of people. We may think it is about reading, writing and spelling, however, it can affect other skills as well. People with dyslexia often have difficulty with sequencing and prioritising, and may find following verbal instructions confusing. They can at times appear chaotic or disorganised. They are often better at practical things than writing and can have creative and unusual ideas.

Nowadays many people think of dyslexia as a learning difference not a difficulty. This means that the dyslexic brain simply works differently. This can make literacy-based tasks hard, but tasks involving creativity and 3-D skills may feel easier. 

Famous people with dyslexia

Many successful and famous people have dyslexia. For example:

  • Jamie Oliver - celebrity chef
  • Lord Alan Sugar- entrepreneur
  • Kiera Knightley - actress
  • Pablo Picasso – artist
  • Richard Branson - businessman
  • William P Lear - aviation engineer
  • Stephen Spielberg - film director 
  • Steve Jobs – iPod, Mac, MP3 inventor

Further information

The British Dyslexia Association is a charity devoted to supporting those with dyslexia and has lots of information.

Visit their website

Free online screening

If you think you may have dyslexia, there is a free online screening questionnaire you can do.                

Free dyslexia questionnaire

Support at college

If you would like support for dyslexia or would like to talk to somebody about it, please contact your tutor. The Additional Learning Support team also run drop-in sessions - look out for posters around campus or check the Student Landing Page for current locations and times.

If you had access arrangements for exams at school (for example, extra time) and need them at college, please tell your tutor and bring in any paperwork you have.


Support at college

Hector O’Donnell made this fantastic film  'Forwards in Reverse' inspired by his own experience of dyslexia. He was studying filmmaking at Brighton MET at the time.