Dyslexia Connection of Evanston will present Dyslexia Café, an art installation that raises awareness of the most prevalent cause of reading struggles among school-aged kids: dyslexia. The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 at Hoosier Mama Pie Company, 749 Chicago Ave.
Dyslexia affects up to one in five people worldwide, but many people don’t even know they have it because they are bright in so many other ways. Dyslexia does not affect intellect. Parents who see their kids struggle with reading might never suspect they have a learning difference, but some of the most brilliant folks throughout history were dyslexic. The included Leonardo DaVinci, Robert F. Kennedy, Walt Disney, Catherine Drennan, Alexander Graham Bell, Kierra Knightly, Galileo Galilei and Muhammad Ali to name just a few.
The art will simulate the frustration a typical second grader with dyslexia would potentially feel in class. The purpose is to destigmatize this learning difference so that children can focus on benefitting from its strengths.