The Stern Center for Language and Learning offers a public screening of the new documentary, “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” on Thursday, April 18at7 at Champlain Valley Union High School. James Redford’s documentary is a movie not to be missed! Why? Because most of us know someone who experiences dyslexia. Of the 2.2 million students who are diagnosed with learning disabilities, 80 percent or more are affected by dyslexia, a learning disability which makes it difficult for intelligent people to learn to read.
This inspiring documentary, 50 minutes in length, provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts, and iconic leaders. A wide range of professionals including Sir Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, attorney David Boies, Nobel Laureate Carol Greider, and Judge Anne Burke share their struggles and paths to success in heartfelt stories. Their stories reflect their own determination, patience, and a lot of hard work that led to their success while dealing with dyslexia. 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. Redford’s son Dylan, currently a freshman at Middlebury College shares his personal journey to “totally owning his dyslexia,” a perspective of hope and possibility.
Organized by Stephanie Hackett, a CVU and Stern Center alumna and with special thanks to CVU High School for their support, this movie promises to inspire and uplift!
Stephanie shares her personal reflection, “After I graduated from college I learned I couldn’t hide from my dyslexia. It wasn’t until I started on this project to help guide students with a learning disability through the college process and organizing a movie showing like this, that I had to own up to my dyslexia. There might be many people who are afraid to confront their own disability but the only way to succeed and feel good about what you are doing either in the work or academic field is to totally ‘own it, wear it, and advocate for it.’”
In lieu of an admission price, a suggested donation of five dollars to benefit Stern Center Scholarships will be appreciated. There will also be a special raffle. Put April 18 on your calendar and head over to CVU for a must see documentary—attendees will not be disappointed!