Kids look up to movies and child tv shows for inspiration in their life. Good series and tv characters can be a positive driving force of their future prospects. Kids may look up for their favorite movie stars and wanted to become like one. Obviously, parents must be careful what to let them watch.
Today, we gathered a list of 8 inspirational movies based on dyslexia. For all dyslexics and others with learning disorders out there can relate to the struggle and successes of plot depicted in these movies and shows. It will inspire them to not shy away from their learning difference but to talk about it. So sit with them and give it a try. It could be a great learning experience for both.
1.Taare Zameen Par
Directed by Mr. Perfectionist himself, Taare Zameen Par is a must-watch inspirational movie on dyslexia. Aamir Khan did an amazing job projecting how a dyslexic kid may struggle on daily basis.The story revolves around a kid named Ishan who day dream about action figures, cartoons and fights letter-turned-spiders, later revealed to be dyslexic. Teachers and Parents can’t really understand this behaviour and think of it as his excuse to skip studies. Things worsen when his parents send him to boarding school. This is where a new substitute drawing teacher (potrayed by Aamir Khan) came into play and turn his life around.
2. Love, Mary
Based on the real life story Dr. Mary Groda-Lewis, this film takes us into the journey of a dyslexic teenager who later beat the odds in life by earning a M.D degree and achieving a career in family medicine. Kristy McNichol beautifuly portrays the protagonist who was sent to reforms school due to her troubled behavior where she met her counselor (portrayed by Rachel Ticotin) that helped her gain the confidence and excel in studies.
3.The Princess and the Cabbie
Good or bad, accident happens! Some seldom have any effects on life, some turn it around completely. Similar thing happens to Joanna James when she met the cab driver Joe Holiday, who was keen on helping her overcome her struggle of being a dyslexic. Getting fame from popular sitcom One Day at a Time (1975–84), Valerie Anne Bertinelli plays the character of Joanna, an heiress who is sheltered from the real world. The story revolves around Joe Holiday putting effort to educate Joanna why she struggles in reading and writing, after he accidentally learned about the Joanna’s dyslexia when she left her book in the cab. The film was originally aired on November 3, 1981 and managed to score Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or a Special
Set in 1949, the story revolves around a blind woman, Anya Herpick, who loves collecting bells to cope up with her loneliness. The situation worsens as her mother dies. This is when she met a 12-year-old delivery boy, Scott Rhymes who was considered ‘slow’ learner, later revealed to be a dyslexic. Both helps each other in their struggles. While Anya teaches him to read Braille, Scott helps her to be more independent and self reliant. Directed by Tom McLoughlin, Anya’s Bell was first aired on October 31, 1999 and bagged 2000 Humanitas Prize.
5.The Secret (1992)
The story of The Secret depicts the sad reality of many of the dyslexic individuals. They are shy to tell anyone of their learning disability. Mike Dunmore, a store owner who struggles in reading and writing but keep it a secret from the world due to his pride. He thought of it as a shame. His relationship with his son, Patrick also strained due to it. However, things change when he learned that his grandson, Danny is suffering from dyslexia as well. The Secret teaches us why it is important to open up more about your struggles with your family and friends. Keeping it hidden inside will actually make the situation worse. Dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of and it can be dealt with encouraging support.
6.A Mind of Her Own
Inspired by true story, A Mind of Her Own tells the tale of a young girl, Sophie, who wants to become a medical professional. However, her parents and teachers think that something less academic would be best fit for her as she was severely dyslexic. But Sophie, being a determined girl, turns her life around by putting herself through college and university. With the help of her friend’s Becky encouragement boost and her own persistence effort, she managed to achieve greatest heights of her career and gain a world recognition. A Mind of Her Own was initially released on 2006 and managed to bag Crystal Heart Award for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in 2005 Heartland Film Festival
In an attempt to put more eyes on dyslexia, Luis Macias made this thought provoking documentary after learning about his son’s diagnosis. In filmmaker’s own words, Embracing Dyslexia gives an insider perspective of what is it to be like dealing issues surrounding dyslexia like no other documentary film. While the documentary focus on daily struggles of parents and dyslexic teenagers, it also highlights the importance of early diagnosis and careful nurturing of child’s natural gifts and abilities to make them feel more confident in life.
8.The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
Made by filmmaker, James Redford, Rethinking Dyslexia is a documentary highlighting the accounts of the personal experience of children, experts and success icons with dyslexia. Top leaders share such as Sir Richard Branson and Charles Schwab share their views on dyslexia.