Developer Creates Website To Mimic What Reading Is Like For People With Dyslexia

Imagine seeing this all of the time.

Dyslexia is a common reading disorder impacting one out of every 10 people, but there is still a social stigma associated with the condition.

Dyslexia can cause problems with reading, spelling, writing and processing words. Up to 85 percent of children with learning disabilities in special education could have dyslexia — but that doesn't mean they aren't capable of amazing things. Many famous people have had dyslexia, including Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, John Lennon, Leonardo da Vinci, Muhammad Ali, George Washington, Richard Branson and Agatha Christie.

Swedish developer Victor Widell had a close companion who experiences a form of dyslexia known as "typoglycemia," which involves people reading written words as if everything but the first and final letters are mixed up. 

"She can read, but it takes a lot of concentration, and the letters seem to 'jump around,'" Widell wrote on his Github blog. "I remembered reading about typoglycemia. Wouldn't it be possible to do it interactively on a website with JavaScript? Sure it would."

Widell used his JavaScript coding skills to create a simulation to show the public what it might look like to have the disorder. The text on his blog is the Wikipedia definition of dyslexia, but the letters keep swapping out of place, making it difficult to read.

There are many different types of mild and severe dyslexia, and not everyone with this disorder will experience reading words exactly like Widell's blog suggests. However, Widell's page is doing great work to raise awareness about this disorder and ease stigma. And he even includes a bookmark on his blog with the code so that anyone can jumble the text on any website.

(H/T: CNN)

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