New website shows what it's like to have dyslexia

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have Dyslexia? A new website aims to allow you to experience just that, or at least, one of the ways in which it manifests itself.

Victor Widell has created a website based around his friend’s description of what she experiences when she reads. She describes letters ‘jumping around’ the page, it’s hard to imagine what that’s actually like, but thanks to Victor you don't have to.

With a lot of extra concentration, I can make out almost everything on his website, but I have the advantage of already being able to read unhindered, I just have to recognise the word as it jumps around. If I was just starting to learn to read I can’t imagine how hard it must be to comprehend written words.

It should be pointed out dyslexia comes in many forms and levels of severity and while this website can never really show exactly what dyslexia is like, it comes pretty close and gives us a great insight into a world of challenges we would otherwise have no experience of.

A Reddit user put it quite succinctly:

 

“I have dyslexia and although this is accurate, this is a more extreme case!

To the people saying this isn't what dyslexic people see... DUH!!! Nothing will ever show you normals exactly how it truly feels to read while dyslexic. But this is damn close!”

 

You can visit Victor’s website here and you can get help and advice about dyslexia from the British Dyslexia Association.