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What It's Like to Live With Dyslexia

By Kyley Jameison HERWriter
 
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Dyslexia is an issue that many people deal with. Explaining how it feels to live with it on a daily basis can be difficult.

Geon.github.io created a blog post that gives people an idea of what it might be like to live with the condition.

When first clicking on the website, you may wonder if your computer is going through a glitch. It may seem like the site has some errors.

Your computer is fine! This is the way that some people with dyslexia would see the website on any given day.

The opening text on the website says,”A friend who had 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.’"

People of various backgrounds commented on the page and discussed how the website reflected their issues with dyslexia. Some said that the site was very similar to their experience while others went on to explain how dyslexia is for them.

One commentator even mentioned, "I do not consider myself brave at all, I do however know that the most courage I have ever needed to muster was when I was going to school to face the abuse torment and beatings because I was incapable of doing things that others considered simple."

Another said, "I suck at spelling and if it weren't for spell check I wouldn't have passed English in school. Plus being made fun of when you read out loud because you are slow and mix up words/letters or you stutter over them."

Dyslexia varies for the people who are affected by it, but the website is a small glimpse of what it’s like for those who have the issue. While it is known as a reading disorder or reading disability, dyslexia can affect writing, spelling and speaking as well. According to the U.S Department of Education, over 2 million students between the ages of 3 and 21 have to deal with dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a lifelong condition. However, people have been successful both educationally and in the workplace with this disorder.

This Website SHows Your What Reading Is Like When You’re Dyslexic. teenvogue.com. March 8, 2016.
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/reading-with-dyslexia?mbid=social_facebook

 

Understanding Dyslexia. Understood,com. March 8, 2016.
https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/understanding-dyslexia#item0

 

Dyslexia. Geon.github. March 16, 2016.
http://geon.github.io/programming/2016/03/03/dsxyliea

 

Myths and Truths About Dyslexia. Dyslexia.yale.edu. March 8, 2016.
http://dyslexia.yale.edu/Myths.html

This is what reading is like if you have dyslexia. CNN.com. March 8, 2016.
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/05/health/dyslexia-simulation/index.html?eref=edition&sr=twCNN030716dyslexia-simulation1225PMStoryLink&linkId=21993449

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