Mark Le Messurier
"I'd like to change the world so that no one feels left behind or diminished."
Joan Kirner, 2007
If the histories of Jane, Rick, Ross and Gemma motivate you to review your opinion about learning difficulties, to exchange viewpoints with others, to gather more information, or to create better support options for students, then their experiences and contribution to this film have been worthwhile.
I, along with many, believe it is possible to identify key elements that help clinch success for students with a learning difficulty. Our challenge is to take the step to transfer the clarity of understanding gained from research and experience into effective practices.
Structuring processes to sustain emotional connections to learning is important for all students, and even more so for students with learning difficulties. To be candid, our children's success is entirely contingent on the informed, productive attitudes upheld by the adults around them.
"Reflections on Dyslexia interlace the stories of four individuals with Learning Difficulties into an emotional and powerful documentary. If this doesn't steer educators towards more sensitive and proactive understandings, nothing can."
Kevin Rooney, past president of SPELD AUSTRALASIA
"A teacher's influence on the life of a student goes well beyond the time they spend together in a classroom. These vignettes remind us that the choices we make each lesson, each day, have a very powerful impact. This is a wonderful resource!"
Anne Bayetto, Senior Lecturer, Education, Flinders University of South Australia
"This film is a breakthrough! It breaks through the barriers of prejudice and ignorance and provides viewers an opportunity to walk in the shoes‚ of people with Dyslexia. The stories are compelling and empowering. This film should be compulsory viewing for every training teacher, every teacher, every parent and every student!"
Frank Davies, Head Lecturer in Education, Tabor College Teacher Education, South Australia
"This is a powerful professional development resource. As I work with Australian children and adults with Dyslexia I see their growing resignation and sadness, despite sound intervention efforts. I show REFLECTIONS ON DYSLEXIA to the students and families I work with, and they love it. It is able to break down misunderstanding, build inquiry and enthusiasm. It is truly enabling."
Susan Galletly, Acclaimed teacher and researcher in Dyslexia, Queensland
An interesting article from the Melbourne Age
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