Famous Dyslexics: Chuck Close

Chuck Close is an artist famed for his massive, photo-like portraits of faces.


He has dyslexia, and even more interesting given his career, also has a form of face-blindness which makes it difficult for him to recognize people.

He struggled with all areas of school from a young age due to severe dyslexia.

“At the time there was no such thing as dyslexia,” he said in one interview. “You were just dumb and lazy.”

But from a very early age, he had one passion which outstripped the rest: art. And he was very good. Despite his academic difficulties, he set his sights on one goal, which he called “Yale or jail”! Yale was the leading place to study for an MFA, and he would not rest until he gained admittance.

His dogged determination won the day and at Yale he developed his signature style of using paint to create photo-realistic portraits.


He is famous world-over for his innovative techniques, some of which actually paved the way for inkjet printing.

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


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He feels 10 feet tall today! Thank you!

Just a quick note to let you know that Damian from Australia got 16/16 in his spelling test at school last week! Some of the tricky words were ‘hatch’, ‘yolk’ and ‘question’ but they weren’t too hard for him because we used the easy read characters to remember the difficult sounds and memories the spelling just of those difficult sounds. He feels 10 feet tall today. Thank you!

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The biggest change has been to his confidence…

When I started to work with Alfie he did not seem very interested or motivated by easyread but his attitude has changed quite dramatically over the last few months and he now can’t wait to get started each day. I think he still finds it hard to believe that he is doing well on a reading activity. In the last couple of months his reading has definitely improved, and this can now be seen in his handwriting and to a degree in his spelling. The biggest change that can be seen is in his confidence which has been lovely to watch.

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Cannot think of a single criticism!

Sarah, Thank you so much. This program was so very good. I asked Grace what she liked and she said ” it was fun, easy and I liked the jokes!” We so appreciate all your work. I cannot think of any constructive criticism for you. Your program works, is fun for the kids and your communication and accountability with me was fantastic! All I can say is I wish you had a program for language arts and math!!!

We’re looking forward to the spelling program. Many thanks for everything!!

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Good improvements from 8 months ago

It is hard to believe that we have been doing the course for almost 8 months now. It came with its frustrations but I’m glad we stuck with it. C has made good improvements with his reading from where he was in the beginning.

Thank you so much for your time and advice, we appreciate it.

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Thank you for your excellent program

Dear David, Sarah and all the Easyread Team,

Thank you so much for your excellent programme that Matthew has just completed.

It has made such a significant difference to his ability and his confidence. It was such a relief to find David’s summary of the possible situations that Easyread would address – to find explained the exact situation Matt was in, which didn’t fit his school’s educational model or more common discussions of dyslexia…

I have recommended the system to a number of family and friends with kids who are not flourishing under their schools’ methods for reading, or who seem to be getting into the same habits that I recognised in Matt and that David explained so clearly in his introductory videos and text.

Thank you so much for the motivational gifts that have punctuated the course – they have been a real winning combination for Matt. The fact that they have been of good quality has been a real positive for me – the last thing they need is more flimsy plastic bits of tat in the toybox!

Thank you again for the course and for the system. I wish you many more years of successes.

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