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Determination pays off for Kelly.

Byline: By MOIRA SHARKEY South Wales Echo

Kelly-anne Bolt left school aged 16 with no qualifications. She hated classes and found reading, writing and maths difficult. She is one of thousands of people in Wales who are dyslexic. But her determination has helped her turn her life around.

Today, the 23-year-old, from Llanrumney in Cardiff, has returned to education. She hopes others like her will do the same. 'My family and friends have noticed a definite change in my personality as my confidence has grown with my ability,' said Kelly. 'I surprised myself at what I was capable of.'

Through learndirect she has completed basic skills courses in the St Mellons Community Enterprise Centre in Crickhowell Road before transferring to Coleg Glan Hafren in Trowbridge Road, Rumney.

To pursue a career as a nursery assistant she has signed up for specialised courses including helping your child and health and social care.

Head of learndirect in Wales Jeff Greenidge said: 'Kelly has proved that learning can be addictive.': What is dyslexia?:Dyslexia is a language-based learning disorder which affects all kinds of people regardless of intelligence. Around 10 per cent of the population have some form of dyslexia. Around four per cent are severely dyslexic. This includes 375,000 schoolchildren.

Dyslexia causes difficulties in learning to read, write and spell. Short-term memory, mathematics, concentration, personal organisation and sequencing may be affected.

The effects can largely be overcome by skilled specialist teaching.

Famous dyslexia sufferers include scientist Albert Einstein, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, author Agatha Christie, comedian George Burns, artist Leonardo da Vinci, singer and actress Cher and actors Marlon Brando and Tom Cruise, left.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 26, 2004
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