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Film screening and Drury student panel will challenge “norms” of life with learning disabilities

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., October 25, 2018 — Drury University will host filmmaker Krys Kornmeier at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 for a showing of her film “Normal Isn’t Real,” which aims to help young people struggling with learning disabilities reach their full potential. The screening will be held in Lay Hall Auditorium. 

Audiences will witness this insightful and uplifting window into what it’s like to live with learning disabilities such as ADHD, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Kornmeier herself. A short trailer can be seen via the film’s official website.  

“Normal Isn’t Real” is comprised of four miniature documentary-style segments, each featuring the true story of a young adult coping with learning disabilities. Through the stories of Nicole, a salon owner; Dave, a professional sculptor; LeDerick, a poet, speaker, and advocate; and Audrey, a college student, audiences will see evidence of the hidden talents that shine within every person. While not shying away from the real challenges that come with such disabilities, the film also reveals how these individuals have leveraged their strengths and managed their weaknesses to find their own unique path to success.

Following the showing, Kornmeier will facilitate a discussion between the audience and a special panel of Drury students. Each panel member will share their own experience of wrestling with a disability, providing insight into how Drury has helped them succeed in college, and what they have learned about themselves in their journey.

The showing may be of particular interest to school guidance counselors, parents, or anyone interested in discovering more about how learning disabilities and ADHD impact young adults.

“Discussions like this are especially relevant because diagnoses of these learning disabilities have increased,” says Ed Derr, director of counseling and disability support services for Drury. “It’s really vital that we do more to educate the public on what these learning disabilities look like, how they affect young people, and some effective strategies that people can use to be successful.”

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