Book shows the world what dyslexia is like

Sam Barclay
Sam Barclay
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A GRADUATE hopes to raise £65,000 to fund his book which shows what it is like to have dyslexia.

Sam Barclay, 27, has seen orders flood in for his book, I wonder what it’s like to be dyslexic. He created the book for his final project of a graphic design degree at the University of Portsmouth.

Sam, from Southsea, has dyslexia himself and went to uni as a mature student to follow his dream of working in graphic design.

He graduated last year, and after winning an award for his project from the International Society of Typographic Design, he decided to try and raise the cash to self-publish.

Sam said: ‘The object is to read and feel what dyslexia is. The book gives people an experience.

‘When I saw people I knew struggling with it, I knew that’s when I had cracked it.’

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects memory and processing speed, typically affecting reading, writing, memory and organisation.

According to charity Dyslexia Action, it affects up to 10 per cent of the UK population and can affect anyone of any age and background.

Sam was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age.

He said: ‘I do not remember finding out, I just remember struggling. I was always doing things like drawing, anything to get out of reading really.’

Sam hopes that schools in particular will invest in his book for their libraries to spread understanding.

He is aiming to raise enough to publish worldwide and has seen a great uptake on crowd-funding website Kickstarter.

The website allows people to pre-order Sam’s book, along with posters and prints, and invest into the project. He is already up to £54,000 and his crowdfunding site closes today.

Sam said he has been surprised by the amount of orders coming in from America.

‘I think people over there have more of an awareness of dyslexia,’ he said. ‘It’s talked about more and people want to learn about it.’

He added: ‘Dyslexia is not just when you see the words all jumbled up, that’s what people usually think. That’s what the book is all about - explaining what dyslexia is actually like.’

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