THE BIG PICTURE – Rethinking Dyslexia

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Arts in Action in partnership with the The LD Network presents a screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, a documentary that provides personal and uplifting accounts of the experience of dyslexia from children, experts and iconic leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab. Directed by James Redford and an official selection at Sundance 2012, the film not only clears up the misconceptions about the condition, but also paints a picture of hope for all who struggle with it.

“It busts any preconceptions about limits on what people with dyslexia can achieve.” – The New York Times

pressphoto-the-big-picture-rethinking-dyslexia_student_courtesy-of-shadow-creek-films-lowShining a spotlight on the latest scientific and psychological research, the film also highlights the work of Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, co-founders and co-directors of the Yale Center of Dyslexia and Creativity to illuminate the hidden origins and implications of dyslexia.  Proving that dyslexia is a neurological issue and not a character flaw, The Big Picture beautifully illustrates that while the condition is an obstacle, it also carries some unique advantages, and ultimately can be overcome. Click here for a full list of characters featured in the film.

“With an emotional message and a bright glimmer of hope ‘The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia’ takes parents, educators and those with dyslexia down a path that leads to optimism by highlighting a wide range of dyslexia success stories.” Solutions For Schools Review of “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia”  March 7, 2013


LD_Network_Logo2Director of The LD Network, Deborah Zang will be along to host a post screening discussion and announce plans for an art and film competition that will culminate in an exhibition for LD Awareness Week in October. The LD Network has specifically been created to assist the community and its leaders to address growing concern for the welfare of students with Learning Disabilities (LD), including dyslexia and are looking to ensure they are appropriately recognised and supported within the Victorian educational system. The LD Network is comprised of leading professionals in the field of LD, including researchers, educators, educational psychologists, specialists, ICT technology experts and other professionals and service providers.



James_Redford_Lo_ResJames Redford, Director

By conservative estimates, one in five people are dyslexic. Although very bright and often highly creative, they have a difficult time making sense of written language. I know a little about this. My son, Dylan, is dyslexic.

Like many dyslexics, Dylan is intelligent, thoughtful and intellectually curious – a “big picture” thinker. But at the age of ten, he was barely able to read and write. To say that school was difficult for him is beyond understatement. Now that he is grown and thriving, there are many things that I wish I had known about dyslexia at that time – things that would have helped me understand that his struggle in lower and middle school was not the final verdict on his academic or intellectual ability or ambition. When I was given the extraordinary opportunity to make a film about understanding dyslexia, the mission was simple: make the movie I wish my family could have seen when Dylan was functionally illiterate in 4th grade.

This film reveals that dyslexia is a neurological issue, not a character flaw. It explains that the struggle with the written word is not an indication of one’s ability to think, to create, or to solve problems – all valuable skills in the world outside the classroom. This film also reveals that some of our greatest leaders in business, law, politics and medicine are dyslexics who succeeded in spite of their learning challenges.

The film also shares some of the more practical – and occasionally humorous – tips on how to deal with dyslexia on a daily basis. Hopefully, this film will help dyslexics and their families realize that the challenges of early education will be behind them one day, and that the future can – and should – be brighter for dyslexics.

It was not easy to cast my wife and son in this movie. We are typically private people, and those who know us will be greatly surprised to see this film. However, the opportunity to help other families in turmoil was important to all of us, particularly my wife, Kyle, who is a life-long educator and now an expert regarding dyslexics and education.

And we were not alone in this; three other families took a risk to share their experiences in order to help others, as did some of the world’s better-known leaders in the fields of law, politics, and business. By combining our experiences with the wisdom, creativity and expertise of Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, top experts in the study and treatment of dyslexia, we hope that a broader and better understanding of dyslexia will help make the world a better place for one in five people worldwide.

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