Here's a link to the simulator. Go ahead and take a look. I'll wait.
Victor Widell's Dyslexia Simulator
So, what did you think? Welcome to my world.
I am a playwright, a news copywriter, a social scientist of sorts, and a storyteller. I have won spelling bees, learned languages, directed and produced my own plays, and published academic papers in my field of study. And I am dyslexic.
I first discovered this at age four while reading poems to my mother from one of my Childcraft books. We were talking about the poem and I told her it changed. She thought I was being imaginative. No. I honestly saw the letters in different orders from the time I read the poem to myself to the time I read it to her.
Growing up as part of a family who moved around quite a bit, I had more than few teachers who could not reconcile my IQ or verbal abilities with my dyslexia. As an adult, there have been people in my life who have children who are dyslexic. Sometimes they're scared or they think it's the end of hoping their child will succeed or any number of things that are supposed to be truths when you're different.
First of all, before I say what I'm going to say, let me admit that I'm shy: very, very shy as in breathe in a paper bag to deal with rooms full of people shy. This probably never helped matters, but in the interest of disclosure I thought I should bring it up.
So. Here's my truth about being dyslexic:
I do not read in the traditional manner that neurotypical people read. My brain does not process abstract symbols the way your brain probably does. A friend who is a neurologist says my reading process is probably closer to a combination of the way the ancient Egyptians read glyphs and Babylonians read Cunieform. (Insert texty BABEalonia joke from "Wayne's World" here. Or not.) I am not crazy. I am not a freak. I am not stupid. I am just different. The same thing is true of many other people like me. To be honest, as an older person who is fascinated with the nerdy things like how the brain works, I think this is kind of cool.
So now you know. This is what dyslexia is like and this is what a person you know (or maybe you just read) thinks about it.
original text copyright 2016 Jas Faulkner/Zen Dixie