Farther and Sun: A Dyslexic Road Trip

(Rochester, NY) - Could dyslexia be a gift? Or can it only ever be a disability? In Farther and Sun: A Dyslexic Road Trip airing on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, documentary maker Richard Macer sets off with his dyslexic son Arthur to find the answer. En route they meet notables such as Richard Branson and Eddie Izzard, along with many other successful people with dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a problem with reading and writing that affects 1 in 10 of us. It causes misery to many school children and it can lead to greater problems later in life. For example, 50 percent of prisoners are thought to be dyslexic. At the same time, however, there are many successful people with dyslexia and businesses like Google, NASA and the British security agency GSHQ see the benefit in a neuro diverse work force. Richard and Arthur seek to find an answer to this conundrum and in doing so interview academics, scientists and designers.

Pictured: Filmmaker Richard Macer with his son Arthur.
Credit: BBC

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