Farther and Sun: A Dyslexic Road Trip

Farther and Sun: A Dyslexic Road Trip

Sat, 07/17/2021 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Pictured: British documentarian Richard Macer and his son Art

Credit: APT

British documentarian Richard Macer embarks on a journey across the United Kingdom with his dyslexic son, Arthur. 

Farther and Sun: A Dyslexic Road Trip, airing Saturday, July 17 at 4 p.m. on WXXI-TV,  seeks to answer the question, “can this disability also be a gift in disguise?”

Dyslexia affects one in 10 people, and it can lead to greater problems later in life; in fact it is believed that as many as half of the prisoners in Texas are dyslexic. However, there are many successful people, including celebrities and business leaders, who have the disorder. Richard and Arthur seek answers to this conundrum through interviews with scientists and experts.

On their road trip, the father and son duo also meet several notable dyslexics, such as Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and actor/comedian Eddie Izzard. Forty years after his own struggles in school, Richard himself also gets tested for dyslexia, as he seeks to find out if he passed it down to his son.

This presentation of Farther and Sun: A Dyslexic Road Trip is part of Move to Include, a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.