Dyslexia isn't a disability, it's a gift

Dyslexia is not a disability – it’s a gift. It means that I, and many other dyslexic thinkers can portray the world through images because we think in images. I can build worlds, freeze the frame, walk around and touch. I can read people’s faces, drawings, buildings, landscapes and all things in the visual world more quickly than many of my non-dyslexic friends. I paint with words; they are my colours. …

I do think there really need to be more publicly dyslexic role models for children and adults today. Lots of famous dyslexics are not open about it. Richard Branson has never proudly claimed his dyslexia, nor did Steve Jobs; Keira Knightley is more open about it. Then there are my personal favourites: F Scott Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, John Lennon and Einstein – who said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” These are what I call “outside the box” thinkers, and never has there been a time, with the technology we have, and the world in the muddled up state it is in, when we have had more need to be thinking outside the box.