It's called "Dislecksia: The Movie."
And the movie maker's misspelling in the title is making a point.
More than 20 percent of people struggle with dyslexia, the most common cause of reading problems.
The Colorado Literacy and Learning Center is sponsoring a public showing of the documentary at 7 p.m., Thursday in conjunction with Dyslexia Awareness Month.
There will be a panel discussion and a question and answer session led by Lynne Fitzhugh, founder and director of the learning center.
The movie is being shown in 50 venues nationwide as part of the effort to better help those with dyslexia, and promote understanding of their educational needs, Fitzhugh noted.
The movie, which has been called "powerfully touching and entertaining," looks at the misconceptions about dyslexia and calls for increased awareness and early identification of the problem. Director Harvey Hubbell V presents his own struggles with dyslexia over the years, along with those of educators, celebrities and others touched by it.
Fitzhugh, who is a board member of the International Dyslexia Association, says that one in five people struggle with dyslexia. Of students who end up in special education classes, 80 percent are there because of reading problems.
The local non-profit Literacy and Learning Center has helped more than 1,500 students learn to read in recent years. The Colorado Literacy and Learning Center provides teacher training, as well as children's service. It also offers a graduate program in conjunction with Colorado College. The progam was named one of nine outstanding programs in the country for teaching teacher's how to teach reading.
Early detection is important, said Peggy Littleton, a center board member and former state Department of Education board member.
"We hope this event will generate greater support for getting the help to dyslexic students they deserve," Littleton said in an annoucement about the movie showing.
Another dyslexia awareness month event is a campaign to provide teachers in more than 54,000 elmenetary schools with resource kits called "Dyslexia in the Classroom" What Every Teacher Needs to Know." The campaign is being spearheaded by the International Dyslexia Association. For information visit http:interdys.org.
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