By Janice D'Arcy
A new film makes the case that dyslexia may cause difficulties in reading, but it doesn’t cause difficulties in broader learning. In some cases, it goes so far as to suggest, the condition may even be a blessing in a very good, childhood-long disguise.
“I really felt like people understand that dyslexia is a struggle, but they don’t understand the strengths, and that it isn’t an academic death sentence,” said James Redford, director of “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia,” which debuts Monday on HBO.
Redford’s father is the famous Robert, but more importantly in this context, his son, Dylan, is dyslexic.
Redford intended “The Big Picture” to be the film he wished he had seen when Dylan was first diagnosed. “It’s hard to know what the future holds, there’s so much anxiety. ... Well, it turns out that in the end there is a way through it.”