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Talking about the facts of dyslexia doesn’t make much of an impact...

...a simulation that makes participants dyslexic vividly demonstrates the difference that reasonable adjustments can make, particularly "soft" changes.

Participants experience first-hand the barriers they have unwittingly created for dyslexic staff. They learn the power they have in their roles to make the workplace welcoming and inclusive. They leave wanting to talk about their experience—making disability a positive conversation.

The workshop consists of various perceptual illusions and games designed to overload the participant’s ability to process information, such as:

  • an unreasonably fast-paced quiz…including baffling clocks where the numbers run backwards and the clock face is rotated;

  • sorting words…by the pitch of their vowel sounds, instead of alphabetically;

  • reading…where the words are jumbled on the page, or written in an unusual direction, or without whitespace between the words and lines.


The effect is a compelling magic trick: otherwise competent adults find themselves unable to read or speak coherently, to take notes, or retain information. The experience is great fun, uncomfortable, sometimes intimidating, exhausting, and above all a lesson in empathy.

10% of the population

34% of entrepreneurs

  1% of managers

...are dyslexic

That was brilliant! Really, really illuminating… my head hurts but I’ve learnt so much!


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