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This Site Helps You Understand What It’s Like To Have Dyslexia

If you know someone with Dyslexia, you know that they may struggle with reading, spelling and word comprehension.

According to the National Institute of Health, it’s a “brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read.” Up to 15 percent of the population has dyslexia and boys can be three times more likely to have dyslexia than girls.

But what is it really like? In the past, pictures and illustrations have tried to visualize what it’s like to have dyslexia with jumbled words, impartial phrases, and the like.

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Daniel Britton

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But now, there’s a website, that brings the experience actually to life.

The first few lines state, “A friend who has dyslexia described to me how she experiences reading. She can read, but it takes a lot of concentration, and the letters seem to jump around.'”

Having read once about Typoglycemia, the writer decided to try it out on a site using Javascript. She wrote the code so the letters of each word would jump around at random.

And while every person with dyslexia doesn’t experience reading exactly like this, it can help those without the learning disability understand how frustrating it can be.

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[h/t: Refinery 29]

Photo by Peter Van Lancker