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The Fonz Gets Honored for Work With Dyslexic Kids

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Actor Henry Winkler, a.k.a. The Fonz from "Happy Days," was awarded an honorary membership to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire yesterday thanks to his work helping kids with dyslexia, reports the Washington Post.

The award was presented to him at the Washington Embassy by British Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald.

Winkler has been working with kids with dyslexia for several years, having been diagnosed with the learning disability himself as an adult. He's written parts of the children's book series Hank Zipzer, which are about a boy dealing with dyslexia.

According to the Hank Zipzer website, Winkler is also involved in children's charities including The MacLaren Children's Center (a facility for abused children), The National Committee for Arts for the Handicapped, The Special Olympics, and The Los Angeles Music Center's Very Special Arts Festival.

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The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was established in 1917 by King George V.