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"Inside Dyslexia, is an honest and sensitive film inspired by two
young men who bravely share their own first hand stories about learning
differences. The film is about real children with real learning
difficulties and how they and their families struggle to find strength
while learning to advocate for themselves. It beautifully depicts the
role of the supporting parents and teachers who play a role in the
child's development. Informative, moving, inspiring!"
Head, The Churchill School and Center
"Inside Dyslexia is an honest, provocative look into
the world of learning disabilities. It shares with great warmth
and humor the lives of three wonderful children, their parents and
teachers. Never before have I seen such a clear and inspired understanding
of what its like to be dyslexic. The documentary is both educational
and caring. I recommend it highly to all stakeholders."
Catherine A. Nugent
Associate Executive Director, External Relations
National Center for Learning Disabilities
"Inside Dyslexia allows viewers to truly get to know three
inspiring young individuals living with dyslexia along with their
families and interactions in school. In the film we see challenges
of living with this disability in a humorous and touching way.
The film is an excellent educational tool that can be used to
introduce what it means to be dyslexic to others."
Advisor, I-LEAD Scholars Program
Bank Street College of Education"
The two creators [Josh Easdon and Nate Hamlin] of this sensitive
and illuminating film know personally the impact that a learning
disability can have on all aspects of a teenager's life. Using
their own experience as a foundation, they have woven together
the days of three students, following them, their families and
their teachers for three years as they all work around the obstacles
that learning disabilities have thrown their way. The film is
not sentimental, but we feel and care. Most importantly, we are
enlightened, we understand."
Karen T. Schlesinger
Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.
116 E. 16th St., 5th Fl.
New York, NY 10003
"Inside Dyslexia explores the lives of three youngsters growing
up with learning disabilities. The film portrays their experiences
with warmth and humor. The viewer is moved and inspired by the
challenges and accomplishments of these children. I highly recommend
this film for both parents and professionals interested in increasing
their understanding of what it is like to live with a learning
Head of the Mary McDowell Center for Learning
Inside Dyslexia is the closest you might come to getting inside
the brains and hearts of three extraordinary young people who
show us what it is like to live, struggle, and thrive with learning
differences. The filmmakers -- who are themselves dyslexic --
have crafted a beautiful documentary that is as lively and compassionate
as it is insightful and illuminating, one that puts the kids'
point of view -- and their families and teachers -- at the center
of a story that everyone should know."
Professor of Anthropology
Director, Center for Media, Culture and History
New York University
The documentary, Inside Dyslexia , brings home the challenges
and frustrations facing parents and their children, who have
learning differences. It speaks clearly to the immeasurable value
of having caring teachers with incredible patience who work with
these youngsters to help them discover their strengths and "hidden" abilities.
You come away thinking of how essential it is that learning disabled
children are identified early and provided with the best teaching
possible, which turns frustrated kids into successful adults."
Mary Ann Martin
Director of Development
The Forman School
Litchfield, CT 06759-0080
Dear Nate and Josh,
"People have been studying dyslexia for so many years
and your documentary has provided such an incredible incite to
the minds of the educators and teachers on a journey through
the minds of those students. Most research has been done on a
trial and error basis conducted by doctors and therapists, but
you have captured the individual needs of the kids from their
point of view and personal experience in academics and daily
life. They developed to recognize their own potential, which
is so much more powerful than another teacher saying to them ‘you
have the potential, you just need to apply yourself’...we
have all had that experience. But, what most people have not
experienced is the powerfulness of your documentary and how you
not only bring out the hero in each of those kids which their
challenges, but how you bring out the hero in each one of us.
I can't wait to share your movie with the faculty at my school."
Dana Stein Willinger
6th grade Teacher
Cloonan Middle School, Stamford, CT
If education transforms, Inside Dyslexia witnesses a complete
metamorphosis, not only as the film documents the struggles of
three young students in New York, but as the film literally turns
over the preconceptions and cultivates a new understanding within
the audience. Watching the documentary, the viewer can hardly
escape the roller coaster ride from exuberance to desolation
and back again, experienced by each of these three kids as we
follow their dramatic, emotional, but wholly successful movement
from classroom to classroom, from defeat to delight.
Each significant step of their continuing journey through school
has been followed over the years by Nate Hamlin and Josh Easdon
with the reflection and compassion that only these two filmmakers,
both dyslexic themselves, could have shown. They have frequented
the same hallways of confusion and silences; they have experienced
the same looks from teachers and classmates, parents and siblings,
and they recognize the need for the academic and parental communities
to follow them up to the board with its confounding math problem,
out to the lockers with the hopeless crumpled folders, into the
desk where layers of half-completed assignments, gloves, old
Once experienced, the moments of confusion, the quiet acceptance
of defeat, the blank in the memory from two minutes previous,
all become indelibly apparent to the viewer. The audience will
not forget Amanda fidgeting with green markers over arithmatic
or Gio almost crumpling as he realizes that summer school is
inevitable or Carmen working on her class report, defying all
nay sayers with convincing energy. When the lights go up after
the film, the theater seems newly charged with the determination
of each of these three. The audience is ready to return to schools
and school boards, to classrooms and teacher conferences and
ask, "Have you seen this film? Do you know how we can improve
education and the lives of kids with learning disabilities? How
can I help?" Which is to say that this documentary not
only turns one’s mind around and teaches in a most effective
manner; it inspires."
Jenny Russell, Educator
Berkshire Community College
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