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08th Mar 2016

This Gif Demonstrates What Reading With Dyslexia Looks Like

There are many symptoms and definitions of Dyslexia.

A simplified definition is that dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which makes it hard for some people to learn to read, write and spell correctly.

In Ireland, the learning difficulty affects roughly 10% of the population, ranging from mild to severe.

Those affected by the condition have reported that reading is a strenuous activity and that words can move around the page. For those without, this can be a hard thing to imagine.

Swedish developer Victor Widell decided to make a simulation highlighting what reading with dyslexia looks like.

He writes on his blog:

‘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”’

Using javascript, Widell developed a stimulation that randomizes letters and syntax.


And while the simulation doesn’t apply to all forms of dyslexia, it’s certainly an important start in understanding the needs of students and professionals with the condition.