April 30, 2002: Speaker series targets child, youth, and adult literacy

      Contact: Michelle Lebeau at 604.892.5322

      (SQUAMISH, B.C.)--What do Leonardo da Vinci, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Jay Leno, Quentin Tarantino, and William Butler Yeats all have in common? They are all famous dyslexics. After years of living in a dark closet, dyslexia has been brought into the light and today is being treated in a new approach found in author Ronald Davis's book, The Gift of Dyslexia.

      The Gift of Dyslexia is the name of one of seven eye-opening workshops being offered in May in the Howe Sound Corridor by Capilano College. The free spring speaker series will focus on early childhood development and learning disabilities. Its intent is to increase people's understanding and awareness of child, youth and adult literacy issues.

      "As our world changes, the ability to read, write and comprehend is becoming more and more vital," say regional adult and family literacy coordinator, Michelle Lebeau. "Workshop leaders at our speaker series include literacy experts who will inspire their guests and encourage individuals and communities to enhance their literacy skills."

      Workshop topics include: early childhood development; the importance of the early years; the challenges and the gift of dyslexia; a sound track for reading; and highways of the brain (an adult literacy program). Events will take place at Signal Hill Elementary School library in Pemberton, Millennium Place and Whistler Secondary School in Whistler, and Capilano College and the Squamish Public Library in Squamish.

      For a complete schedule of topics, dates, places and times, contact Michelle Lebeau at 604.892.5322 or visit the Web site at www.capilanou.ca/squamish/index.html.