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TLU to Host "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia"

4/9/2013
Texas Lutheran University will host a screening of the HBO documentary film “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Jackson Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. A panel discussion with TLU’s ADA coordinator, a TLU student who has dyslexia, a representative from Decoding Dyslexia-Texas, and an adult with dyslexia will follow the screening.

By conservative estimates, one in five people are dyslexic according to James Redford, director of “The Big Picture” and son of Dylan Redford who is also featured in the documentary. The film reveals that dyslexia is a neurological issue, not a character flaw. It explains that the struggle with the written word is not a measure of one’s ability to think, to create, or to solve problems – all valuable skills in the world outside the classroom. The film also reveals that some of the greatest leaders such as business entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, financier Charles Schwab, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and attorney David Boies are dyslexics who succeeded in spite of their learning challenges.

“We are honored to be one of the first universities in the area to host a screening of ‘The Big Picture.’ Our goal is to help build awareness and understanding about dyslexia and the gifts, rewards, and frustrations associated with it,” said Sarah Story, VP of Marketing and Communications for TLU. Story’s spring Public Relations class was responsible for the communications and public relations related to hosting the event as part of a civic engagement component of the class. “My class was able to learn hands-on what is involved in promoting an event and creating and executing the media relations, social media, graphic design, and event logistics activities," said Story. "Most importantly, they have a new appreciation and understanding for some of their peers who have dyslexia.”

For more information about the TLU screening, visit www.tlu.edu/thebigpicture. For more information about the documentary and dyslexia resources, go to www.thebigpicturemovie.com.