But you’d be wrong .
The letters within each term on the site are scrambled and moving around erratically, and although you might be able to read each sentence if you slow down and concentrate, it’s no walk in the park.
Widell designed it that way on purpose.
“A friend who has dyslexia described to me how she experiences reading, ” Widell writes on his site( excerpt above ), which has spread across the Internet in recent days. “She can read, but it takes a lot of concentration, and the letters seem to ‘jump around.'”
The condition which you might also hear referred to as developmental reading disorder( DRD) isn’t a defect in a person’s ability to think or concentrate , nor is it at all reflective of someone’s intelligence( an unfortunate fallacy ).
Dyslexia occurs when there’s a problem in the area of the brain that interprets language , as the National Library of Medicine points out. And it may affect more people than many of us realise.
About 20% of the total population is affected by dyslexia according to The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, yet many remain undiagnosed and secretly battle this “hidden disability” without proper assistance.
“While there are numerous curriculum and programs designed to increase literacy, dyslexia is often overlooked when searching for causes of illiteracy, ” the center explains , noting black and Latino students are more likely to go undiagnosed , seeing as the ailment flies even more under the radar in urban schools.
Given that about 1 in 5 of people live their lives dyslexia, it’s no wonder Widell’s website is striking a chord with plenty of people online.
His work to help nondyslexic people empathize with those who have DRD isn’t the first empathetic take over dyslexia to go viral though.
The font, called Dyslexie , not only helps people with dyslexia, the committee is also helps those who don’t live with it to better understand how similar-looking letters within a standardized alphabet can be a big bottleneck to the persons who do.
The letters in Dyslexie may look like any other letters, but they have key characteristics, like exaggerated stick and tail lengths( on letters like “j” or “b”) and heavy base lines. These subtle but important factors help to differentiate letters that may seem similar in appearance to someone who has dyslexia.
Take the letters “h” and “n, ” for example. They sort of seem a bit alike, right? Dyslexie’s “h” has a longer ascender and its “n” has a shorter one.
“When they’re read, people with dyslexia often unconsciously switch, rotate, and mirror letters in their intellects, ” Boer told Dezeen publication in 2014. “Traditional typefaces make this worse because they base some letter designs on others, inadvertently creating ‘twin letters’ for people with dyslexia.”
In the same vein as Dyslexie, Widell’s site aims to help those without the condition know what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes.
As The Independent noted, people who have dyslexia experience it differently and through various symptoms. Widell’s site can’t possibly simulate the one and only experience of someone who has dyslexia as they were isn’t a one and only experience.
Still, the outlet notes, it’s “a great style to give people a savor of the difficulties faced . ”
“Nothing will ever depict[ people who don’t have dyslexia] exactly how it truly feels to read while dyslexic, ” one Redditor who claims to have the disorder pointed out about Widell’s site. “But this is damn close.”
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