Farther and Sun: A Dyslexic Road Trip

(Rochester, NY) – 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 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 8 p.m.,  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 program is part of Dialogue on Disability, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies - in conjunction with the Herman and Margaret Schwartz Community Series, designed to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives and abilities of people with physical and intellectual disabilities. The initiative is supported by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation with additional support from The Golisano Foundation. 

Dialogue on Disability runs January 20-25, featuring a week of special programming focused on people of all abilities. To learn more, visit WXXI.org/dod.

Pictured: British documentarian Richard Macer and his son Art|Credit: APT



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