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This font shows you what it's like to read with dyslexia

Ever wonder what it's like to have dyslexia? British designer Dan Britton just created a font that accurately shows what it's like.
Ever wonder what it's like to have dyslexia? British designer Dan Britton just created a font that accurately shows what it's like.
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Dyslexia is a common issue for adults and children.

Research from Sultan Qaboos University found dyslexia affects 5 to 10 percent of school children. About 10 percent of American adults also have dyslexia, according to Dyslexia Action.

To help spread awareness about the reading disorder, London designer Dan Britton created a new typeface showing those without dyslexia what it’s like to have it, according to Tech Times.

To do this, Britton cut up the common Helvetica font and kept only parts of the letters, leaving words barely visible to readers without dyslexia, Tech Times reported.

"What I wanted to do was recreate or simulate the emotions of reading with dyslexia to try and put across how frustrating it is to try and read something simple," Britton told Deezen Magazine.

See what it’s like to read with dyslexia in the slideshow below:

But those with dyslexia aren’t alone. Here’s a list of modern day celebrities who also have the learning disorder, according to Dyslexia.com.

Related links:

What parents can do at home to prepare their children to read

When Johnny can’t read: Modern technology and new approaches help kids with dyslexia

Why your doctor wants you to read aloud to your toddler

Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret News National. Send him an email at hscribner@deseretdigital.com or follow him on Twitter @herbscribner.