Movie, Bellingham support group planned for families dealing with dyslexia

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 30, 2014 

The state chapter of Decoding Dyslexia plans to start a support group for families and will host a free screening of "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia" from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, in the Bellingham High School auditorium.

The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with local dyslexia experts and a chance for families to ask questions.

"We hope to raise awareness of dyslexia as one in five children is affected and it may create significant academic challenges at school," said Sara Buetow, founder of the Washington chapter. "Given the correct academic support, these children excel and have very bright futures."

Decoding Dyslexia is a nationwide, parent-led movement dedicated to raising awareness about dyslexia. Buetow formed the Washington chapter in November 2013.

"This whole thing has been driven by parents through social media. That's the way we're getting our word out," Buetow said. "It's free and the message is being sent."

The chapter has recently partnered with Bellingham School District to help increase awareness about dyslexia and resources available.

The support group for families starts up in July. The first meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 11.

Buetow hopes the support meetings will help families connect, get answers and find resources.

"We know these families are out there going through this dyslexia journey on their own," Beutow said.

Contact the chapter at decodingdyslexia.wa@gmail.com or on their Facebook page, Decoding Dyslexia - WA.

Reach Elana Pidgeon at 360-715-2249 or elana.pidgeon@bellinghamherald.com.

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