What is dyslexia? According to the International Dyslexia Association, it is an inherited condition that makes it extremely hard to learn to read, write, and spell. It can even affect speech. It is not a sign of low IQ or laziness or the result of impaired hearing or vision.
Embracing Dyslexia, a documentary film currently in production, takes a hard look at dyslexia and the role educators and parents need to take to make sure that children with dyslexia are identified early, given appropriate intervention, and not allowed to fall through the cracks which is so often the case with our current educational system.
The film features parents who speak about the anxiety and frustration they had when they didn't know why their children were having such great difficulties learning to read, write, and spell. They also speak of the positive impact getting a diagnosis of dyslexia had on their lives and of the struggles they still face when dealing with their child's school.
Dyslexic children and adults courageously open up and speak honestly about their struggles in the classroom and beyond. Experts and advocates speak to why it is essential that educators screen these struggling learners for dyslexia as early as possible and how support at home, accommodations in the classroom, and the right types of intervention can take a child from feeling stupid, dumb, or broken to believing in themselves and knowing they can be successful.
With this Kickstarter campaign, I am asking for the funds necessary to finish the film and release it by the end of August 2013. There is one very important piece of information about the film’s release to keep in mind —
Embracing Dyslexia will be available for viewing free of charge on the film’s website and on YouTube from the moment it is released in August.
I feel this film will have a powerful impactful and I want everyone to have a chance to see it.
I hope you will consider being a part of this film by pledging what you can. You can also help by spreading word of this Kickstarter campaign by:
- Sharing a link to this campaign with your family and friends.
- Posting a link to our website and/or this campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
- Liking us on Facebook.
- Following us on Twitter.
If you would like to learn about my journey as a parent of a dyslexic child and learn why I decided to make this film, please click here.
If you would like to see clips from interviews I’ve already conducted, please click here.
Risks and challenges
I believe the biggest challenge I face will be getting the film to be seen by as many educators, parents, and even policymakers as possible. However, the interest the film has already generated on Facebook and Twitter and the individuals and organizations who have already contacted me expressing strong interest in the film lead me to believe that the challenge can be met. As I get closer to releasing the film I fully expect interest to continue to grow thus expanding my base of enthusiastic supporters. Then once the film is released, I believe positive word-of-mouth will create a buzz that will help the film’s audience to multiply.
In addition, special screenings could be held in conjunction with different dyslexia organizations across the United States. This would allow me to screen the film to a large number of people. After each screening, a panel of parents, dyslexics, and dyslexia experts could be assembled to continue discussing issues brought up by the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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