Dyslexia is a term used to describe learning difficulties in children and adults, which can affect their ability to read, write and spell, and in some cases speech, memory and ability to learn rhythms or patterns.
It is difficult to know how many people have dyslexia, but it is estimated to affect 5-10% of the population. It is four times more common in boys than girls.
Famous people with dyslexia:**
- Richard Branson
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Thomas Edison
- Albert Einstein
- Steve Jobs
- Sir Steve Redgrave
For more information about dyslexia, including where to find help for yourself or your child, see the charity Dyslexia North East.
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