Typical in this technological age, I frequently find myself mindlessly scrolling through social media in the evenings, half paying attention and basically zoned-out. What often catch my eye are word-games or puzzles, the the ones that have an obvious yet completely miss-able mistake which provides us with that little insight into how our brains process things. Perhaps you didn’t notice the extra ‘the’ in the previous sentence, for example. But, then again, perhaps you did.
These things usually make me laugh, I consider myself a careful reader so how did I miss these basic mistakes? But I came across a peculiar website a few months ago that struck me in a much less entertaining way. On a simple web page of black text on a white background, its creator has coded the letters to rearrange themselves constantly, making reading twice as slow and doubly frustrating, if not almost impossible. Once I made it through the first sentence, or what I presumed were the right words, I realised the page was dedicated to information on Dyslexia and aimed to show people what living with the disorder could be like.
I have to admit I never forced myself to read the whole page, simply because of the effort it took to make sense of the jumbled words. For those who suffer with Dyslexia, this is a constant battle and this website demonstrates why so many kids, and adults too, give up on reading for pleasure or even at all. It is too much effort.
Here at Ransom, we are supporting the British Dyslexia Association and Dyslexia Awareness Week this week, and beyond. The emphasis this week is on being positive about Dyslexia, and highlighting the success of those who continue despite their struggles, those who force themselves to unjumble the letters, and continue past the first sentence. Dyslexia and other learning difficulties are issues that are close to our heart, as we encourage those who find reading hard to persevere by providing them with books that are more approachable.
Find a list here of the Ransom books we recommend as ‘Dyslexia Friendly’ books that aim to make reading less effort and less chaotic.