Jul 18th 2011

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From underdog to hero: Dyslexic Tom wins UK’s The Apprentice

Last night, on BBC ONE, the unexpected happened. Tom Pellereau, a 31-year-old inventor who was on the losing side a record eight times during the series, was chosen by Alan Sugar to become his new business partner in ‘The Apprentice’ final. More than 10 million viewers watched as Lord Sugar told him: “You’ve got the experience in making, inventing and selling stuff. My decision is – Tom, you’re going to become my business partner.”

Lord Alan Sugar and winner Tom Pellereau

Lord Alan Sugar and winner Tom Pellereau

It has been mentioned various times throughout the series that Tom suffers from dyslexia. But it seems like it didn’t get in his way. On the contrary, Tom says that his dyslexia had given him specific skills and talents when it came to product design. Interestingly, because of his dyslexia, Tom could figure out from an early age what he was good at (science, engineering and design) and what things he was bad at.

“Dyslexia for me has always been a massive positive” says Tom. “I was so lucky that computers came out when I was starting to write essays.” Ironically, Alan Sugar’s Amstrad computer company played a part. “The very first computer my granddad gave me was an Amstrad 1512.” Pellereau explained.

What Tom describes does not come as a surprise. Many dyslexic people’s quality of life  changes dramatically when they start using the computer. Computer programmes provide valuable reinforcement, variety and can increase motivation. These programs can be used to practice reading, word attack skills, spelling and maths; there are also many assistive programmes which enable learners to access material, while others support writing and learning.

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Tom knows that now is the time to shine as he’s getting £250,000 to be invested in his furniture – and hopes to launch a range of his other inventions with the tycoon’s help.

Good luck Tom!

Adios for now –

Sharon and the Ginger Team

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