Orlando Bloom Discusses His Struggles with Dyslexia

April 20, 2011, Angie Barnett

Orlando Bloom Discusses His Struggles with Dyslexia

I recently watched an interview on dyslexia with Orlando Bloom that was hosted by the Child Mind Institute. This interview was part of the Adam Jeffrey Katz Memorial Lecture Series.

I was impressed with Bloom’s determination to overcome his learning disability and his mother’s lobbying efforts on behalf of her son. But times have changed. Today, educators have more research and effective reading curriculums to help students with dyslexia than ever before.

I think that we can all agree that it is vitally important that celebrities like Orlando Bloom and others, speak about their own personal reading struggles as they have worked to overcome dyslexia.

“It’s a gift and don’t let anyone tell you that because you struggle with dyslexia you’ll never make it in life because it’s simply not true. It’s about your determination and desire to overcome. And I think that the obstacles that come with any disability can become the opportunity of your life if you make it that.”

My hope is that you will share this message with the students in your classroom. All obstacles, even reading problems, really can become the opportunity of a lifetime.


Learn how Reading Horizons early reading program and reading intervention program helps students with dyslexia become proficient readers. 


Dyslexia Resources

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia in Children

Dyslexia in Adults

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