|“The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” An HBO Documentary by Director James Redford |
April 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. in Jackson Auditorium
Panel discussion to follow screening
This event is free and open to the public
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts and iconic leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab. Directed by James Redford, the film not only clears up the misconceptions about the condition, but also paints a picture of hope for all who struggle with it.
Shining 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.
- From thebigpicturemovie.com
Terry Weers is the director of counseling services and ADA coordinator at TLU. Terry graduated from Texas Lutheran College and received her master’s degree in counseling psychology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. Terry has been at TLU since 1999 and recently received the Distinguished Staff Award for the 2012-2013 academic year.
|Mary Carol Coffman|
Mary Carol Coffman is one of the co-founders of Decoding Dyslexia-Texas (DD-Texas). The group has affiliated parents in Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. DD-Texas is part of a national, grassroots movement found in 23 states. It is open to all interested parents of dyslexic children. Mary Carol first learned about dyslexia while working as a communications coordinator at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. She’s also served as the communications and development director for a large private school in Dallas, as president of a local chapter of Learning Disabilities Association, and as a board member of her district’s education foundation. She and her husband have two adult children and live in Austin. Their daughter is dyslexic and now attends UT-Austin.
Jon Cradit grew up in Martindale, Texas, and attended San Marcos High School. After graduating, he worked as a framing carpenter, draftsman, and electronics technician, earning an Electronics Technician Certificate. During this time he became involved in caving as a hobby, which helped him decide his future college major. Nine years after high school, he started college and earned a BAAS in Environmental Management from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). He now holds a state license as a registered sanitarian in environmental health and is a state licensed professional geologist. He currently works for the Edwards Aquifer Authority as a hydrogeologist. He is married and has three sons, two in the U.S. Air Force and one in high school.
Alex Norden graduated from St. Pius X High School in Houston in May 2012 and is currently a freshman at TLU. In third grade, her parents realized she was struggling in school and falling behind her peers, so they had her tested. She was diagnosed with dyslexia and began working with private tutors. By the time she reached high school, she was still behind academically, but she had developed key learning strategies to ensure she understood the material. As a student in the Academic Strategies program at St. Pius X, she mastered self-advocacy, was mainstreamed into the college prep curriculum and graduated on the honor roll. At TLU, she works directly with professors and manages the workload through determination and the support of friends, family, faculty and most of all, the strength she gets from God.
Dyslexia is a visual problem; Dyslexic children and adults see and write letters and words backwards. If a child does not reverse b’s and d’s or p’s and q’s, he or she cannot be dyslexic.
Dyslexia is fundamentally a problem in spoken language; it is not a visual problem, Many children reverse their letters when learning to write, regardless of whether or not they are dyslexic.
Smart people can’t be dyslexic; if you are dyslexic, you can’t be very smart.
Some of the very brightest boys and girls struggle to read. Dyslexia occurs in people of all levels of intelligence. Many gifted people at the top of their fields are dyslexic.
People who are dyslexic are unable to read.
Most commonly, dyslexic children and adults do learn to read; the problem is the effort they must exert in order to read. Other people, no smarter or more capable, become “fluent” readers early on, so that reading is automatic, fast, and pleasurable. In the contrast, dyslexic children remain “manual” readers who read slowly and with great effort.
If you perform well in school, you can’t be dyslexic.
Some people with dyslexia perform very well in school; these students are highly motivated and work incredibly hard; many have received the necessary accommodation – such as receiving extra time to complete standardized tests – that allowed them to demonstrate their knowledge. Dyslexic students have completed rigorous programs at highly selective colleges, graduate and professional schools.
Famous People with Dyslexia
Orlando Bloom, who was diagnosed with dyslexia at age seven, struggled with writing and reading throughout high school but was constantly encouraged by his mother to succeed.
|Sir Richard Branson|
Sir Richard Branson saw high school as a “nightmare” and would later drop out of school but then went on to start his own business and is now a millionaire.
Tom Cruise, identified as dyslexic at the age of seven, could barely read even as he started his career in acting.
Whoopi Goldberg struggled throughout high school but was never recognized as dyslexic until she was an adult.
Jay Leno even though he struggled in high school and was even told to just drop out, went on to graduate from high school and then earned a bachelor’s in speech therapy.