Famous Dyslexics: Vogue Photographer David Bailey

David Bailey is a world-famous British fashion photographer and portrait specialist with dyslexia.

He was raised in poverty in East London. He remembers going to the cinema nearly every night some years in wintertime, because it was cheaper than putting the heat on.

He struggled with reading and writing from a young age. A rebel at heart, he began to skip school and claims that one year he was only in attendance 33 times! After leaving school, he jumped from job to job before picking up a camera and discovering his natural gifting.

His talent shone through immediately and within a year he was working for Vogue. He revolutionized fashion photography with his own inimitable style. He basically invented the supermodel status with his work with Vogue covergirls like Jean Shrimpton. Soon, everything he touched turned to gold. If you were the subject of a David Bailey photoshoot, the next day you would be shot to stardom.

Once, an interviewer asked him why he was such a good photographer: “Dyslexia. I think dyslexia is a kind of privilege because it helps you to see differently from other people.”

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Literacy Specialist for the Easyread System, an online program for children with reading difficulties and dyslexia. Get a free trial at www.easyreadsystem.com

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“I Give Up”: Teaching Perseverance to Kids

The lovely Kelly behind Idealist Mom recently wrote an article about how to parent your giver-uppers. How do you teach perseverance to children who just don’t even want to try?


Photo by Amanda Bowman

You’ll have to read the article to discover the one little trick she recommends!


We love it because it jives with our Rule of 5 on Easyread – for every correction you have to make, praise 5 things that your child has done well. Genuine encouragement for achievements – whether baby steps in the right direction or really big accomplishments – have a powerful effect on your children’s perseverance.

How do you encourage your children not to give up?

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Literacy Specialist for the Easyread System, a groundbreaking online program for children with reading difficulties. Get a free 10-day trial at www.easyreadsystem.com

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No longer diagnosed dyslexic!

Dear David and staff,

Thank you so much for all that you have done for Claudia – her reading is amazing and she is doing so well at School. They initially thought that Claudia was dyslexic, but they can now find no evidence of this – I believe down to you and your learning solution. She is a confident reader and attempts words through her de-coding methods that she has learnt with you. I cannot praise you enough and will continue to recommend you and ‘EasyRead’ to all those that I meet where their children have reading difficulties.

Thank you again to all of you – we already miss you (and your voice) in the mornings as this became such a routine for us before going to school!

P.S. Claudia is with me as I type this and has asked me to wish you ‘Merry Christmas Love Claudia x’

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Her teacher is thrilled!

I wanted to share with you an email I received today from Evelyn’s reading support teacher:

“I wanted to let you know that I have seen a big change in Evelyn the past couple of weeks. She is really working hard and is doing well at following along with our activities at the pace of the lesson. Previously that was something that was difficult for her to do. Evelyn also scored 18/20 on our last unit check up test!!!!! While this is not a “grade” for her, it does show growth. I am so proud of her!!”

These improvements are thanks to you and your system. I appreciate all your efforts!!

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Huge mental step forward…

Josephine is doing well. She is definitely not losing interest. She insists that there is no difference reading the words comparing the game format and the story text.
She is rereading the text in the story. She does better the top half of the page than the bottom but that is because she is anxious to “move on” to the next page.
I’ve noticed a new independence in her word decoding in the games. She is more confident that she decoded the word correctly herself rather than decoding it but then asking me if she is right. She also is becoming more verbally animated with the games which to me seem that she is relaxing and not having to concentrate so hard on the decoding.
She also is attempting to decode more words on sign, labels etc.
On her video when she sang the words “I’m a slow reader” I thought that said alot. A few months ago she just would have point blankly said “I can’t read”. Huge mental step!!!!
She coincidently got her codeword APPLE on the same day she won a team indoor rockclimbing competition. A double woo-hoo day!

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I like all aspects of the programme

We are still enjoying Easyread. It is great that the lessons are short and the games are fun. Ruby is keen to do her lessons now; the Skype lesson we had with you made a big difference to how she feels.
I like all aspects of the programme and am seeing an improvement in Ruby’s reading already and she has gone up 2 colour bands this term.

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