Thursday, May 26, 2011

Journey Into Dyslexia

HBO's Journey Into Dyslexia.  Next showing will be June 5th.

Dyslexia affects about 1 in 10 people in the US.  Many people equate dyslexia with mental retardation, but as this documentary will explain, dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence, birth defects, mental illness or any environmental effect.

Also, roughly 35% of entrepreneurs are dyslexic. 

"Journey into Dyslexia shows that the majority of dyslexic U.S. students are not getting the help they need. The most poignant interviews come from children and adolescents with dyslexia who reveal not only their frustrations at being misunderstood but also the emotional toll the stress can take on young students. 

Dr. Maryann Wolf, author of Proust and the Squid, adds, "Some of our children with dyslexia are among our most intellectually gifted humans. It’s a form of intelligence. It’s a form of brain organization that they have that leads them to be, oftentimes, our artists, our architects, our pattern recognizers in radiology and astronomy. But they think often outside the box of our conventional left hemisphere thinking. I love them. Our species would never be what it is without this form of brain organization.”

Read more from the filmmakers site about this documentary and information about dyslexia.

Another great movie about dyslexia is Like Stars on Earth.  Read a review here

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