In celebration of National Dyslexia Awareness Month,
the Atlanta Speech School’s Wardlaw School will host a screening of the
acclaimed documentary The Big Picture:
Rethinking Dyslexia followed by a panel discussion moderated by WSB-TV
Anchor Jovita Moore on Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. There is no charge to
attend but reservations are required.
Dyslexia is the most common
learning disability, estimated to affect 1 in 5 children, yet the most publicly
misunderstood. Children who are dyslexic are bright yet struggle with reading.
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia provides personal and
uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts and iconic
leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab. Directed by
James Redford, the film not only clears up the misconceptions about the
condition, but also paints a picture of hope for all who struggle with it.
the screening there will be a panel discussion moderated by WSB-TV Senior Anchor Jovita Moore, M.S., who anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. The panel features:
- Sarah Batts, Wardlaw School
alumna and Principal Major Gifts & Director at Piedmont Healthcare
- Mary Flanagan, parent
- Sondra Mims, M.Ed.,
CCC-SLP, Upper School Director, Wardlaw School
- Leslie Munson, Ph.D., Licensed
Psychologist and Chief Academic Officer at the Atlanta Speech School
- Nicole Patton-Terry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Educational
Psychology & Special Education, and Member, Center for Research on
Atypical Development and Learning, at Georgia State University; and a
Research Scientist at Haskins Laboratories at Yale University.
children with dyslexia. In addition to having a Language and Learning
Disabilities Department on its campus, the School served as the outsourced special
education department of the metro-Atlanta school systems from the mid-1950s
until federal law required that school systems provide their own services in
1975. The Language and Learning Disabilities Department is now known as the
Wardlaw School, and it is recognized nationally as one of the top programs in
the country for children with dyslexia.
The Atlanta Speech School is the
nation’s most comprehensive language center for children and adults.
Established in 1938, the Atlanta Speech School’s four schools, five clinics,
summer programs and professional development center seek to help each person
develop his or her full potential through language and literacy. Each year, the
School impacts the lives of approximately 1,400 children and adults at the Atlanta
Speech School and more than 13,000 students throughout the State of Georgia
through the work of its Rollins Center for Language & Learning professional