For any of you Wambie girls who don’t know, dyslexia is a disorder that makes people confuse letters, so it’s really tough for them to read and write.
Bella Thorne was diagnosed with this when she was little, so she had to put in a ton of extra effort to learn the alphabet and numbers, and not mix them up!
It was tough for the star to overcome all the hurdles the disorder put in her path, but now she’s an inspiration for kids who have to learn to live with the disorder like she did:
“It's really nice because I get to meet fans every day who say, 'I'm dyslexic and you really inspired me.' I wish I had someone to look up to when I was in school because for me, it was really, really hard. Fans contact me on Twitter because they made my character on Shake It Up dyslexic, and they often don't realize that I'm actually dyslexic too! It's nice to see that kids can believe it's not something bad; it's just a disability and it makes you work harder in life. I have to work harder at acting and dancing and when I try to play the piano because I mix up the numbers and the chords.”
She overcame dyslexia, but she still suffered from bullying at school when it came time to learn:
“I was bullied in school and I know firsthand what it's like to get bullied on the Internet. I've encouraged kids to make anti-bullying programs in their schools. People don't realize that when you bully someone, you're also bullying their families. In my case, it didn't just affect me—it affected my mom and my brothers, too. Now, I'm afraid to talk in big crowds. When I have to present at award shows, I'm so scared. I start to get really sweaty and think that people are going to laugh at me if I mess up. Bullying can haunt a person for a really long time.”
Source: Anything Disney