For those of us who don’t have dyslexia, it can be hard to imagine exactly what that world might look like.
But now, a website has been created to give non-sufferers a powerful insight into how some forms of dyslexia can feel.
‘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 seems to “jump around,”‘ reads the intro on the website.
Dyslexia is characterised by ‘difficulty with learning to read fluently and with accurate comprehension despite normal intelligence’ (Wikipedia) – it’s now estimated that up to 1 in every 10 to 20 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia.
And as you can see, the site attempts to jolt your mind into this state of confusion as you attempt to unscramble the words. (See it for yourself here).
The page has now received hundreds of comments, with many people sharing their own, personal tales of dyslexia.
‘When someone with dyslexia like myself says things look like they “jump around”, they do not mean it literally,” one commenter wrote. ‘Those are just the closeish words for what is rather more hard to describe. It’s more like your prescription of things are wonky. ‘
‘Think of that moment you are looking at an optical illusion when a thing you’re looking [at] is suddenly something else, a vase becomes a face. It’s like that kinda with the structure of words constantly conceptually unstable.’
What do you think? If you have dyslexia, is it an accurate portrayal of what reading feels like?
For more information on dyslexia, visit the NHS website.