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November 8, 2012
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I was very fortunate to be a part of a very important movie screening on October 24, at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, IL for the HBO documentary The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. I was also able to extend this opportunity to a district parent who attended this event as my guest. This documentary takes a realistic look into the lives of individuals who are dyslexic.

Though up to 20% of students are dyslexic, many pass through school unidentified, misunderstood and performing below their potential. Paradoxically, these disorders are often found in highly intelligent, creative minds, and can also be seen as a gift, because many people with dyslexia naturally think outside the box and see the big picture, finding alternative solutions to problems that others might not see.

Directed by James Redford, THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA is a personal, touching and sometimes humorous look at this developmental reading disorder, offering a broader and clearer view of the minds of people with dyslexia. Spotlighting a cross-section of individuals, including Redford’s own son, Dylan, and featuring interviews with notable dyslexics, including investment pioneer Charles Schwab, business magnate Richard Branson, high-profile lawyer David Boies and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, the film reveals how an individual’s unique strategies for coping can help lead to success in life.

This was an extraordinary opportunity and I truly hope our district parents and educators will have a chance to view this documentary. It premiered on HBO on October 29th and is available for viewing. I am working on getting a copy for a movie night. Stay tuned more details to come .~Jacqueline