A film which aims to inspire people with dyslexia will be screened at the Swindon Central Library on Wednesday 30 April, 7.30pm.
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia will be shown by the Swindon Dyslexia – Specific Learning Difficulties Service (SpLD) in partnership with Swindon Film Society.
The film, which was launched at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, is directed by Robert Redford’s son, James Redford. It explores issues surrounding dyslexia and features Dr Sally Shaywitz, a developmental paediatrician at Yale University, who devised the Sea of Strengths model of dyslexia, which illustrates that those with dyslexia often have higher critical thinking and creativity.
Some of the world’s greatest leaders in business, law, politics and medicine are dyslexics and succeeded in spite of their learning challenges. Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab are among the success stories covered by the uplifting film, which shares some practical and occasionally humorous tips on how to deal with dyslexia on a daily basis.
The Swindon Dyslexia – SpLD Service raises awareness and understanding of dyslexia with teachers, teaching assistants, students and their parents by way of training courses and the Dyslexia Friendly School Award which is promoted through schools across the borough.
The award aims to promote dyslexia friendly practice that enables children to build on their existing skills and talents to make progress in their learning.
The film, which has a PG certificate and a running time of 56 minutes, will help to strengthen and inspire children identified with dyslexia and literacy difficulties that their future can and should be successful.
Anyone wishing to reserve a seat for the film screening should call the Central Library on 01793 463238. The cost of the screening is £2 per person, payable on the door.
Watch the official trailer on YouTube
Dyslexia rules K.O. Watch a Swindon Viewpoint campaign video from 21 October 1986 made by a group of Swindon mothers concerned about their childrens’ education at a time when Dyslexia was barely accepted. Actress Susan Hampshire presents the programme and describes the condition.