What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is where someone has some challenges with how they process sound (known as phonological processing skills) and these impact the accuracy and fluency of their word reading and spelling. Although there's a long common held belief that dyslexia is about text looking blurry or the letters moving on the page, visual discomfort and disturbances are a separate issue which those with dyslexia may or may not have.  

With the people you've seen who have dyslexia, what kinds of jobs do they do?

It can be helpful to know that having a specific learning difficulty doesn't mean that you can't achieve your goals. Indeed, many people with SpLDs have careers that play to their strengths which might include creativity, lateral thinking, being empathetic, etc. Over the years, I've assessed many artists, architects, entrepreneurs, engineers, vets, headteachers, GPs, A&E consultants, psychiatrists, an international human rights lawyer, a high profile comedian, a GB Olympian and a very famous YouTuber.

Lots of famous people have dyslexia too! These include Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, Noel Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Agatha Christie, Liz Pichon (Tom Gates author), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants author) and Richard Rogers (architect of the Millennium Dome, etc.). Others include Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Holly Willoughby.