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What is Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a difference in the part of the brain, which processes language. As well as problems with reading, spelling and writing, dyslexic people may also experience organisational and short-term memory difficulties. Dyslexia tends to run in families, with the latest scientific research showing that dyslexia is a genetic, neurological condition.

But along with the difficulties can be found real strengths, including problem-solving skills and enhanced creativity. Dyslexia cannot be cured, but it needn't be a life sentence. With the right support, many difficulties can be overcome, allowing the strengths to shine through.

Britain has some two million severely dyslexic individuals, making up four per cent of the population. A further three million people have mild or moderate dyslexia, meaning that around 10 per cent of the population as a whole is affected.