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Dyslexia Demystified at Sundance Film Festival
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Newsflash: Dyslexia takes a national spotlight during the week of January 19 at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by James Redford, The 'D' Word: Understanding Dyslexia follows the trajectory of a high school senior as he shares his early struggles in school and prepares to go to college. Kudos to Learning Ally's national board member, Dr. Sally Shaywitz of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, for helping to guide the film's creation and adding her spark to help the world better understand this mysterious and marvelous learning difference. Here's the latest trailer: From the Sundance website comes this description of the film: "The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia skillfully explores the complex and often challenging world faced by those who have this disability. The film focuses on high-school senior Dylan as he shares his early struggles in school and prepares to begin studies at the college of his choice. Interviews with other young dyslexics, as well as highly accomplished businesspeople diagnosed with the learning disability, including Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, and California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, are seamlessly incorporated into the story. Two prominent doctors, Bennett and Sally Shaywitz at the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, help demystify and mitigate the stigma surrounding this syndrome. "Focusing on the positive aspects of dyslexia and incorporating creative animation sequences, James Redford’s film emphasizes specific areas where dyslexics excel and suggests thoughtful strategies for their academic success in our often-rigid educational system." -Doug Sprei


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