Queen­stown first to see doc­u­men­tary on dys­lexia

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Queen­stown­ers will be the first in New Zealand to see a crit­i­cally-ac­claimed doc­u­men­tary on dys­lexia by the son of ac­tor and di­rec­tor Robert Red­ford. Aimed at in­creas­ing aware­ness and broad­en­ing peo­ple’s knowl­edge of the is­sue, the first pub­lic screen­ing of the movie, The Big Pic­ture: Re­think­ing Dys­lexia, will be held at Wakatipu High School on May 10 2013 at 7pm. Di­rected by Jamie Red­ford, the movie fo­cuses on Jamie’s ex­pe­ri­ence with his son Dy­lan who suf­fers from dys­lexia and is be­ing shown as part of the na­tion­wide ‘‘Host a Screen­ing’’ ini­tia­tive by the Dys­lexia Foun­da­tion of New Zealand (DFNZ). The event, held at the new Mu­sic Room, is the first of a num­ber of planned screen­ings to be held in the re­gion in con­junc­tion with lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion provider and dys­lexia ex­perts Kip McGrath Queen­stown. It will be at­tended by ac­claimed UK dys­lexia ex­pert Neil MacKay who will also host an in­ter­ac­tive and in­for­ma­tive ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion the fol­low­ing day (Satur­day May 11 at 10am) for any­one in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about dys­lexia. Own­ers of Kip McGrath Queen­stown Joanna Helby and Martin Wight­man said the movie was an ‘‘in­valu­able’’ tool in help­ing to ex­plain the com­plex­i­ties of dys­lexia to teach­ers, par­ents and chil­dren. ‘‘Dys­lexia is of­ten mis­un­der­stood, and the myths and stig­mas at­tached can con­fuse the is­sue when it comes to com­mu­nity un­der­stand­ing and sup­port,’’ they said. ‘‘Ev­ery week we have peo­ple ask­ing ‘‘what can I do?’’, ‘‘how can I help?’’, and ‘‘do you have some­thing I can give my child’s teacher, my hus­band, my staff, my child, my stu­dents to help them un­der­stand?’’ ‘‘The Big Pic­ture an­swers all th­ese ques­tions and more,’’ said the cou­ple who are also teach­ers at Wakatipu High School. Sub­se­quent screen­ings of the movie will aim to raise aware­ness of dys­lexia in the dis­trict and will be open to the gen­eral pub­lic, teach­ers, par­ents and stu­dents. De­tails can be found on­line at www.ki- pqueen­stown.com and en­try is by a gold coin con­tri­bu­tion which will go to­wards learn­ing sup­port for stu­dents with dys­lexia. In 2014, Dys­lexia Ac­tion Week runs from 17-23 March and fo­cuses on ad­vo­cacy.

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