Famous Dyslexics: Former MP Lorna Fitzsimons

Former Labour MP Lorna Fitzsimons was in government for 8 years, but has been a natural campaigner for causes her whole life. This is despite only learning to read at age 13 due to her dyslexia!


She grew up in Lancashire and struggled mightily in school due to her reading difficulties. A talented artist, she completed a BA in Textile Design in 1988. During this time, the government tried to close her school, and her passion for politics began.

She plunged into reading everything she could about government education policy, and was soon campaigning on behalf of the National Union for Students, where she became President. This brought her into an influential political circle.

She was elected as a Member of Parliament for the Labour Party at under 30 years of age – a huge achievement and quite a rare one! In an interview, she reflected on how far she had come at that moment

“People like me don’t become members of parliament; unemployed parents, lower working class, dyslexic, two O Levels, artist – it’s not exactly your normal member of parliament profile.”

Since leaving government, she has picked up a number of causes in her time as a political consultant. She now runs two independent businesses.

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Literacy Specialist for the Easyread System, an online program for children with dyslexia, poor reading and spelling ability, weak auditory processing, and more. Get a free 10-day trial at www.easyreadsystem.com

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Forever grateful for your support

I’d like to thank you so much for Easyread!  My son has been using the system for nearly a year and has grown so very much, especially in the past 6 months.  He is now on level with reading, fluency, and spelling thanks to your system. We will be forever grateful for your support. Thank you!

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New dyslexia laws sweeping the States

There’s been a hotbed of legal activity in the last year surrounding an important educational issue: support for children with diagnosed dyslexia and related reading difficulties.

US_map_-_statesThe United States seems to be riding a wave of new laws that are sweeping state legislatures around the nation. 19 states now have dyslexia legislation and 13 more are currently debating it.

To look at the kind of things being discussed, let’s take a look at California.

  • Early identification of reading difficulties, i.e. before Grade 4. Through Easyread, we help children up to age 15, and have found that the earlier you can intervene, the quicker the results. Plus, it’s always better for a child’s self-esteem to struggle for as little time as possible.
  • Improved teacher training around literacy difficulties. It is surprising how little of a primary teacher’s curriculum is focused on struggling learners. It’s very unfair on them, and of course affects the children too.
  • Evidence-based reading programs used as intervention. Easyread has spectacular independent research data results.
  •  Improved definition of dyslexia. Currently, the California Education Code calls dyslexia an “imperfect brain”!

What’s legislation like in your state?

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Literacy Specialist for the Easyread System, a research-based online program that helps dyslexics and struggling readers. Get a free 10-day trial today at www.easyreadsystem.com


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A personalised approach to learning to read…

EasyRead has been good for James, he has come a long way since we first started and I think this is due to a combination of EasyRead and reading books aloud at home in the evening. I think the key message of not guessing words and the importance of decoding is a good aspect that is reinforced strongly in Easy Read. Thank you for your support throughout. I think this has been great and it has felt personalised. I would recommend Easy Read.

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Several years after Easyread…

I subscribed to this program several years ago when my daughter was in 1st grade.  School was a struggle.  There were tears every night over homework that was supposed to take 10 minute maximum, but always took hours to complete.  I didn’t know if Easyread would work or not, but I was desperate.

I want to thank you so much for your program. It worked beyond our expectations.  Lydia is now 14 years old and making straight A’s in an advanced middle school program.  She is easily reading novels and textbooks.  She recently sat down and read Slaughterhouse Five in a weekend.  She read Joy Luck Club before that.

Thank you so much, and continue the good work!

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He’s now one of the better readers in the class!

Just to say that we are going to finish our subscription to easy read. it has been brilliant for sam and he has improved enormously but is now at a new school with much more homework and we simply dont have time. plus he really doesn’t need it anymore – his teacher has said he is one of the better readers in the class which is amazing. he is preferring to read his own book – especially horrid henry. thank you so much for the help and support – from a very bleak start we couldn’t be more delighted by the progress.

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