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Joining Forces With Documentary Film “Read Me Differently”


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GroundSpark is proud to partner with Read Me Differently, an award-winning documentary directed by Sarah Entine, MSW. We’ve just helped Sarah launch the Read Me Differently Initiative, a campaign to spread understanding of how learning disabilities (LD) affect life experiences outside of the classroom.

Read Me Differently is a brave and intimate film that reframes how we talk about learning disabilities, and through this initiative we are working with Sarah to open up more conversations about the crucial underlying issues reflected in the film.

Read Me Differently makes it patently clear that learning differences are much more than simply ‘academic’ challenges,” says GroundSpark’s president, Debra Chasnoff. “We’re honored to be partnering with Sarah Entine to bring more attention to the social, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of grappling with LD as well.”

We are working with organizations involved in education, parenting support, mental health and social service fields to transform this conversation. The Read Me Differently Initiative lays out six core beliefs – ranging from the importance of widespread awareness to the value of social-emotional learning – that can help families, educators, and service providers understand LD beyond their potential impact at school.

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The RMD Initiative recommends action steps that organizations and individuals can take to further this vision, including calling on all family members to obtain the education and training to understand how LD affects the family system, and encouraging teachers to be better trained to deal with the spectrum of LD their students may have. 

Over the past 20 years, GroundSpark has pioneered a long-term social change strategy that pairs documentary film distribution with political and community organizing and professional development on how to use their films to make a difference.

“This is one of the first times GroundSpark has brought its experience of harnessing the power of documentary films to ignite change to work on behalf of an outside producer. I’m very excited to have GroundSpark by my side as an organizing partner.”
– Sarah Entine, MSW, Director of Read Me Differently

Learn more about the Read Me Differently Initiative here.

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