The Big Picture: Exploring a Relationship Between Dyslexia and Entrepreneurship
On October 25th, I caught a preview of the moving new documentary The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. Ten minutes into the show, while listening to Skye — one of the young people with dyslexia profiled in the film — tell her story, I was flooded with memories of my pitiful career in elementary school. First grade felt like a POW camp. Being forced to sit up straight for hours and prohibited from getting up without permission felt like torture. Worst of all, no matter how I tried. I could not learn to read. After a year of tortured struggle and thousands of hours working with my parents, I finally learned to read. My mother often said, "You're unique — make the most of it. You will find your niche." That is what The Big Picture gets across so beautifully — those of us with this disorder must identify, use and even embrace our dyslexia. The film also subtly argues that dyslexia and other learning disorders are civil rights issues, as well.
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