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Free screening of film on dyslexia set for May 1 at Northampton High School

LOCAL SHOWING: A free screening of “The Big Picture,” a film exploring dyslexia that was postponed due to a snowstorm last month, has been rescheduled to May 1 at 7 p.m. at Northampton High School.

The film, which aired on HBO last fall and won acclaim at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, shows that dyslexia is “a neurological issue, not a character flaw,” according to director James Redford, whose son Dylan has dyslexia.

The local screening, sponsored by the Northampton Special Education Parent Advisory Council, aims to empower parents and students “with clear and precise information from experts in the field,” said PAC member Valle Dwight, in an email announcing the May showing.

“One clear message from parents interviewed is they all wished they had understood dyslexia more when their children were young, and that schools and educators understood what the diagnosis of dyslexia means in the educating of their children,” she added.

The film is aimed at children in sixth grade and older. More details are available on “The Big Picture” website, www.thebigpicturemovie.com.

For information on the screening at NHS, contact Dwight at 584-4165.

— BARBARA SOLOW

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