Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia

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Carly Simon on Martha's Vineyard

“Carly Simon on Martha’s Vineyard” by William Waterway – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Dyslexia surfaced in the world of the arts this week, generating headlines in the fields of film, dance, and music. Wbur.org profiled singer Carly Simon in this article on her own and her family´s struggles with dyslexia. Simon does not consider her dyslexia a hindrance, but rather something that helps her see the world in a different way. Read more.

Film director Luis Macias released his documentary Embracing Dyslexia in 2013. This week, St. Augustine College of Chicago announced the bilingual institution would hold a special screening of the film on 13 August. The screening features the Spanish version of the documentary; the original English version is available through the film website.

“This film is my chance to make things right. I can’t take back the decision to hold my son back in first grade, something that will always be a terrible memory for him. I can’t take back the many times I accused him of being lazy and not trying hard enough,” says Macias in the event´s press release. “This is my way of trying to prevent other children and their families from having to go through what we did.” Read more.

Darcey Bussell. Chelsea, London December 2012.

Darcey Bussell. Chelsea, London December 2012.
By Brian Minkoff- London Pixels (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Moving on to dance, Dyslexia Advantage featured Darcey Bussel in a blog post last week. This famous dyslexic made it to the top of the dance world by becoming a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet when she was only twenty years old. Bussel and is one of the most celebrated British ballet dancers of modern times. Now retired and a judge on British television show Strictly Come Dancing, Bussel addressed her the impact dyslexia had on her life in a recent article in the Daily Mail. Read more.

Resources

Right after posting an article on Discuss: dyslexia, dyscalculia that covered possible symptoms of dyslexia, I noticed that Dyslexia Action had released something similar. What are the signs of Dyslexia? walks the reader through signs of dyslexia across different age groups. Plenty of other information on dyslexia is available on the site, so have a look around.

Understood.org has a broader focus on learning issues but includes these useful tips for helping children with dysgraphia. If you search for “dyslexia” on Understood.org you will find a wealth of articles and videos. One or my personal favorites was 5 Things Not to Say to Your Child About Dyslexia, which succintly explains some of the more hurtful comments people with dyslexia receive.

See you here next week!

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