Horizon Academy Promotes Awareness of Dyslexia With Film-Screening Event
ROELAND PARK, Kan. – In light of recent research, which spotlights the effects of genetics in relation to dyslexia and other learning disabilities, there is an opportunity and a need for spreading awareness in the community.
As a response to this need, Horizon Academy will be hosting a FREE film-screening event on Thursday, September 12 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The film screening will showcase an HBO documentary titled, “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia”. The event will be held at Horizon Academy (4901 Reinhardt Drive, Roeland Park, KS 66205) in the Activity Room.
Even though roughly one in five people are dyslexic, this learning disability remains a mystery to most. The problems that come along with dyslexia are on a wide spectrum, which varies from person to person. Recent studies have shown that the gene, DCDC2, which has been linked to dyslexia, and some variants of a gene regulator called READ1 within the DCDC2 gene are associated with problems in reading and verbal language performance. These variants in combination with the gene KIAA0319 put people at an increased risk of developing dyslexia and/or language impairment.
Now that these discoveries have been made, there are hopes that early-diagnoses of dyslexia and other learning disabilities will be possible in the future. However, awareness is one of the most important steps to take in order to educate the community about the genetic predisposition of dyslexia as well as how to effectively navigate the challenges it presents.
All adults are welcome to this FREE film-screening event at Horizon Academy. An optional parent support session will follow the film-screening beginning at 8:15 p.m.
HORIZON ACADEMY is the only private, fully accredited school in the Kansas City area specializing in helping students in grades 1-12 with learning disabilities. Horizon Academy is a unique educational institution designed to provide an environment where children can experience academic success.
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