British designer Sam Barclay, along with 5-10 percent of the population, lives with this learning disability and has created a new textbook called I Wonder What It’s Like to Be Dyslexic that’s purposefully designed to make unimpaired readers struggle. His goal is to simulate what it’s like for someone with a learning disability while explaining the underlying psychology, and hopefully teaching a bit of empathy in the process.
Like famous dyslexics Alexander Graham Bell, Richard Branson, and Steve Jobs, Barclay turned his diagnosis into an entrepreneurial passion. At age seven he struggled to read, but he won a bicycle in a Christmas card design contest. Now, I Wonder What It’s Like to Be Dyslexic has raised over $75,000 on Kickstarter with a week remaining.