Reading is an important skill.
The actors need it when memorizing scripts.
But when you're dyslexic, you'll have trouble reading accurately and fluently.
Albie Casino recently revealed in an interview with Bayani San Diego Jr. of Philippine Daily Inquirer that he is dyslexic.
According to National Center for Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia is a "language processing disorder that can hinder reading, writing, spelling, and sometimes even speaking."
Imagine reading jumbled words. Instead of seeing the word "was," you read it as "saw."
Originally termed "congenital word blindness," according to Washington Post, "some scientists believe it is a visual disorder, others believe it is exclusively a problem of language processing, still others believe it is a defect in matching sound to the visual structure of words."
Albie was lucky to have supportive parents.
Just like other famous personalities—Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Tom Cruise, Cher, John Lennon, Whoopi Goldberg—with dyslexia, Albie was able to outgrow it.
Locally, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid admitted in an interview that she got bullied for being dyslexic when she was young.
In the case of Albie, he wasn't able to read until he reached Grade 4.
He told Inquirer, "I wasn’t able to read until I was in Grade 4. I was good in oral recitations, but when it came to reading, I had a tough time."
Recent studies showed that Dyslexia is not a permanent disability.
He said, "My parents enrolled me in the best schools and hired tutors for me. You can cope with dyslexia.
"It’s just important for you to be aware that you have it, so you can deal with it."
Up to now, Albie still encounters problems memorizing his lines.
The actor said, "Some directors allow me to use my own words, but others are strict about delivering the lines as they’re written on the script."
He added, "I just have to work harder."