Annual Benefit Luncheon and Seminar
Luncheon Keynote Speaker: James Redford
Mr. Redford will discuss his latest documentary, The Big Picture:
Re-Thinking Dyslexia. "Most parents would rather not face the reality of a dyslexia diagnosis, but the earlier the child is diagnosed, the better."
Lenox M. Reed Seminar Speakers: Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz
Sally Shaywitz, MD
A developmental pediatrician, serves on the faculty of Yale University School of Medicine as the Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development and is the Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. Dr. Shaywitz is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, and is the author of over 200 scientific publications, including the top-selling book on the subject, Overcoming Dyslexia (Knopf, 2003; Vintage, 2005). Dr. Shaywitz conceptualized the “Sea of Strengths” model of dyslexia which emphasizes a sea of strengths of higher critical thinking and creativity surrounding the encapsulated weakness in spoken language found in children and adults who are dyslexic.
Bennett Shaywitz, MD
A pediatric neurologist, is the Charles and Helen Schwab Professor in Dyslexia and Learning Development, Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity at the Yale University School of Medicine. A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, Dr. Shaywitz, the author of more than 300 scientific publications, uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify a neural signature for dyslexia, making a previously hidden disability visible, and demonstrating the brain basis for the accommodation of extra time needed by dyslexic readers on high-stakes standardized tests.
Both Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz were featured in the documentary The Big Picture: Re-Thinking Dyslexia.