TV and Movie Characters with Dyslexia

Robert James Gabriel
5 min

CeCe Jones in Shake It Up

CeCe dream is to become a famous dancer and nothing was going to stop her. That includes dyslexia. Actess Bella Thorne, who plays Cece can probably identify. Reading issues haven’t kept Bella Thorne from achieving her own stardom . A successful actress, singer, model, and dancer, she’s also a spokesperson for the Dyslexia Foundation.

Cristina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy

Dr. Cristina Yang played by actess Sandra Oh was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 6. That’s years before she landed at Seattle Grace Hospital. After four seasons, viewers learn that Cristina Yang got straight A’s all through medical school. Her success — in school and as a doctor — reflects the perseverance she shows in each episode.

Cassandra Cain aka Bat Girl (Marvel)

Cassandra Cain also known as Bat Girl! She was trained from birth to become the perfect warrior. Brought up by her father and powerful assassin, David Cain, she had been trained to not speak but instead use those parts of her brain to predict her opponent’s next crucial move. Having neglected those parts of her brain, it developed differently to most, growing into a form of dyslexia.

Percy Jackson in Percy Jackson and the Olympians

He is the son of mortal Sally Jackson and great Greek god of the sea, Poseidon. Rick Riordan who wrote the books, based the character Percy on his own son, Haley Riordan who has dyslexia and ADHD. Percys struggles in the classroom are presented as qualities that will contribute to his greatness as a “demigod”.

Captain Rafe McCawley in Pearl Harbourn

Lieutenant Rafe McCawley who struggled with his dyslexia but found ways to work around it. Rafe and his best friend Danny had grown up wanting to experience flying ever since they were young. He has one barrier to get past if he’s going to become a pilot though and that’s passing his medical exam, despite the low score on his written test.

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