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I Never Got How Dyslexia Works Or What It Looks Like, But Now I Do. Weird. And It Sorta Makes Sense.

This is a fascinating peek into why reading is so maddening for sufferers of dyslexia, along with a great new solution: a typeface that helps outwit dyslexia. Ha, take that, brain!Somewhere between 5% and 17% of readers have dyslexia, and some consider it one sign of a creative mind. But not being able to read due to dyslexia can be a real hardship, so if you know anyone with it, they’d probably love to see this. Your friends probably know someone, too.

I Never Got How Dyslexia Works Or What It Looks Like, But Now I Do. Weird. And It Sorta Makes Sense.

It seems that dyslexics see letter shapes in 3D. The fact that so many letters look alike because they're built out of the same bits sometimes makes the letters swap positions in dyslexic eyes. It's really easy for "pumps" to look like for "dumps" to them.


So doesn't it make sense for dyslexics to have their own typeface where letters don't look so alike?

Let's start with gravity. If dyslexics see things in three dimensions, how about we make letters bottom-heavy so it's easy to see which way they'd land?

And how about just making letters look a little more different from each other so dyslexic brains can tell right away that they're not the same?

The Dyslexie font does just this. And it works on all major computer platforms. And there's even a browser plug-in for reading on the web. So cool.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.