Community Screening of Dyslexia Documentary at USF

Dec. 22, 2018 | Joliet, Ill.

The University of St. Francis’ College of Education will host a community screening of the Luis Macias documentary Embracing Dyslexia on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on the university’s main campus located at 500 Wilcox Street in Joliet (San Damiano – 3rd floor of Motherhouse/Welcome Center). Macias will also be in attendance at the event and will participate in a question and answer session immediately following the screening. This is a free event and is open to all community members.

Embracing Dyslexia is a thoughtful and moving documentary that explores dyslexia from an insider’s perspective through interviews with parents, adult dyslexics, researchers, educators, and experts to provide thoughtful insight to a learning difference that affects between 15-20% of the population.

The film is a personal project that came to life for Macias after he and his wife learned that their son’s struggles with reading, writing and spelling were due to dyslexia, a revelation that has since changed their lives for the better.

Embracing Dyslexia shares heartfelt stories from parents who recall frustration over failing to understand why their children were struggling with reading, writing, and spelling and the life-altering impact the word dyslexia had on their lives. Other adults speak candidly and courageously about their dyslexia, sharing both struggles and successes they have experienced in school and in their adult lives.

The documentary also includes perspective from experts and educators as they define dyslexia and explain why early dyslexia screening for all children is vital. They also share how effective tutoring, classroom accommodations, and recognizing and fostering the natural gifts and abilities of a child with dyslexia can take them from feeling helpless and experiencing failure on a daily basis to believing in themselves and knowing that they can be successful.

Those interested in attending this free community event are encouraged to register at Questions about the screening may be directed to Kara Ferry-Abarca at or 815-740-3634.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 49,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

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