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This is a great short video, sent to me by my friend Richard Wanderman, about a photographer/videographer named Michael Shainblum and his time-lapse work. Beautiful images. I loved listening to his explanation of how he produces his work. It’s very low tech thinking (he strips it down to some simple ideas) and them adds some [...]

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Looking forward to seeing this documentary film, “Dislecksia”, by Harvey Hubbell.

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James Redford, son of the iconic American actor, Robert Redford, has made a documentary about having dyslexia, titled Rethinking Dyslexia. The film will be shown Monday, October 29th on HBO. One might say there is a risk in always portraying the unusually bright dyslexics who succeed despite their school experiences. The risk is in potentially [...]

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This is an interesting article at Psych Central dot com about connections between Visual-Spatial learners and creativity and learning differences, including dyslexia. I don’t think one size fits all in regards to dyslexia. Not all people with dyslexia are going to be talented in visual spatial reasoning but nonetheless it’s helpful and interesting to understand [...]

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Luis Macias is the father of Alejandro. Alejandro, now nine years old, struggled in school due to his undiagnosed dyslexia. After finally getting the correct diagnosis of dyslexia, Alejandro and his family are changed for the better. Luis is producing a documentary film called “Embracing Dyslexia.” I believe that a majority of people do not [...]

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnbzVYFvNZY&feature=youtu.be Interesting collection of “facts.” Especially interesting the last third as it gets into specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Are we failing our kids and country? [via Carolyn D. Cowen]

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Here’s a clip from a new documentary. What’s portrayed here is the balance of understanding the typical struggles and weaknesses of dyslexia and typically reported strengths. I like the way it’s shown here; even though all people with dyslexia are individuals with individual strengths and weaknesses. For more information: www.thedwordmovie.com/

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Journey into Dyslexia, a documentary by Oscar winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond, will show on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 7-9 pm at Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Road, Redding, CT 06896 Tel: 203-­?938-­?2545 Admission is free. Dr. Margie Gillis, Literacy How and Haskins Laboratories will speak immediatley after the film. Further information on [...]

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Philip Schultz, Pulitzer prize winning poet will share his experiences growing up with dyslexia, at Elizabethtown College on February 22nd. I haven’t heard him speak, but have read his book, which pulls no punches when describing the difficulties faced in an unsupportive school environment. His book, My Dyslexia, describes his path to literacy.

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Apple’s Entrance into Digital Textbooks: revolutionary? Apple announced its entrance into digital textbooks, now selling through its iTunes and iBooks online. Though this has been somewhat expected, it’s exciting news. Believe me, this is not even the tip of the iceberg. I’ve already downloaded samples of the 8 textbooks listed in the iBooks store. While [...]

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Photo by Evgeni Dinev   In his book “What the Dog Saw,” based on a collection of his essays and New Yorker articles, Malcolm Gladwell wrote about the notion of Puzzles and Mysteries. Gladwell encouraged us to discern whether a problem or challenge to be solved was a puzzle or a mystery. What about kids with learning disabilities? [...]

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