Most of us are familiar with dyslexia, the learning disability that makes reading, writing, spelling, and speaking a bit harder for some people. However, without a diagnosis, it’s hard to visualize what it’s like to live with the condition — until now. Developer Victor Widell has created a web simulator that allows viewers to see firsthand what words on a page can look like to someone who’s dyslexic.
Widell’s web simulator:
The jumbled spellings on Widell’s page are an example of “typoglycemia,” a phenomenon that describes the ability to read words that have been misspelled as long as the first and last letters are correct. Since there are many forms of dyslexia, his simulation is not perfect; however, seeing letters like “d,” “b,” “p,” and “q” rotate gives those without dyslexia a better idea of what can occur.
On Widell’s website, commenters expressed this was how they experienced reading most of the time, while others said it was difficult or slightly different.
One dyslexic commenter wrote: “I pushed myself and now can read most small words long words and silent letters will always be an obstacle.” Another wrote: “Leaving the first and last letter of a word stable makes it too easy. Being dyslexic is hard. Really hard.”
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