This Website Lets You Experience What It's Like To Be Dyslexic

Publish Date
Thursday, 10 March 2016, 2:36PM

Victor Widell had a friend who described to him what it was like to be dyslexic and he thought he'd turn her words into a simulation so non-dyslextic people can have an idea of what it's like.

Dyslexia, a permanent condition that affects reading, writing, spelling and speaking, may be common but is still not widely understood.

Mr. Widell's friend described what it was like to read while all the letters appeared to swap around before she could process what a word said.

He made a code to reflect this - which can be tried here.

Tough right? 

The text without the effect says: "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.'

"I remembered reading about typoglycemia. Wouldn't it be possible to do it interactively on a website with JavaScript? Sure it would.

"Dyslexia is characterized by difficulty with learning to read fluently and with accurate comprehension despite normal intelligence. This includes difficulty with phonological awareness, phonological decoding, processing speed, orthographic coding, auditory short-term memory, language skills/verbal comprehension, and/or rapid naming.

"There are three proposed cognitive subtypes of dyslexia (auditory, visual and attentional), although individual cases of dyslexia are better explained by specific underlying neuropsychological deficits and co-occurring learning disabilities (e.g. attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, math disability, etc.).

"Although it is considered to be a receptive language-based learning disability in the research literature, dyslexia also affects one's expressive language skills. Researchers at MIT found that people with dyslexia exhibited impaired voice-recognition abilities."

There are, however, many types of dyslexia and not everyone who is diagnosed with the condition experiences it in this way.