The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

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Dyslexia is a neurological condition that can cause difficulty in reading, writing and spelling.  The Big Picture:  Rethinking Dyslexia is a film that introduces many to the unknown world of dyslexia.  The film explains how dyslexia affects daily life but does not stop those with it from being successful.

Many with dyslexia may not be able to spell well or read fast but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t creative or problem solvers.  The film includes interviews with businessman, politicians, lawyers and doctors discussing how they overcame their challenges with dyslexia.

I really enjoyed the film and felt more informed about dyslexia.  I knew about all the stereotypical characteristics such as mixed letters but I learned that dyslexia is very unique to each person.  The interviews with the doctors, lawyers, politicians and businessmen surprised me that someone so successful could have a learning disability.  I think it brings great hope to many that are struggling with dyslexia and it should break the stigma that those with dyslexia aren’t smart or creative.

I would highly recommend The Big Picture:  Rethinking Dyslexia to anyone that wants more information on dyslexia or suspects that they or someone they know may have dyslexia.  For more information on the film, please go to www.thebigpicturemovie.com.

Film Review: Our Beautiful Secret

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Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.  Thirty years ago the Peavey family was told that their son would not live past his first birthday due to his severe disability.  Little did those physicians know that Jonathan Peavey would not only live but go on to participate in marathons and other races.

Our Beautiful Secret is a wonderful documentary created by Angela Peavey demonstrating how Jonathan beat the odds and inspired his family and others in the community with his special personality.

The documentary shares stories of the family’s challenges as well as interviews with community members who have been privileged to know Jonathan.

I would highly recommend Our Beautiful Secret for anyone interested in one family’s journey with cerebral palsy.  For more information on the documentary please visit www.ourbeautifulsecretmovie.com

*I received a free copy of the film to review. There was no compensation. The  opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.