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Princess Beatrice was 7 years old when she was diagnosed with dyslexia, and she has previously spoken out about her experiences in order to raise awareness. Now, the Queen’s granddaughter has narrated a new children’s book aiming to empower dyslexic children.
Beatrice has provided the narration for an animated version of the book Xtraordinary People, written by Kate Griggs, founder of the global charity, Made By Dyslexia, of which the Princess is an ambassador. “It’s no secret that I struggled with my dyslexia as a child and often even wished it away,” Beatrice said, “But now I see it as a tremendous gift and I want every dyslexic child to know that they too can tap into their dyslexic strengths.”
The charity has highlighted how dyslexic minds see the world differently. “Xtraordinary People identifies the seven children’s archetypes, which outline the exceptional skills that dyslexic children are hardwired to be ‘xtraordinarily’ good at, highlighting ‘dyslexic superpowers’ through seven types of ‘xtraordinary’ characters,” Made By Dyslexia said about the book. Each of the seven characters are detailed alongside vibrant illustrations. And the book includes a foreword by Sir Richard Branson, who is also dyslexic.
Additionally, the Princess features in a separate online video introducing the book, in which she says: “Hello, I’m Beatrice. What you may not know about me is that I am Made By Dyslexia, which was a bit of a struggle when I was at school but now, thanks to all the practice and a lot of support I feel so lucky to be Made By Dyslexia.”
Author Kate Griggs pointed out that their research shows that “dyslexic strengths are directly aligned with the skills needed for the workforce of the future.” She continued: “In an era of automation, where facts can be Googled; spelling, punctuation and grammar can be corrected at the touch of a button; it is creativity, imagination and intuition that sets dyslexics apart from the machines.” She added that it was their “mission” to train teachers “to spot, support and empower every dyslexic child.”
Princess Beatrice is not a working member of the royal family, but she occasionally publicly champions charities or initiatives that are close to her heart. She also has a job working as Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy for software company Afiniti.
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