Experience Dyslexia®

What is it like to have dyslexia?

Experience Dyslexia® is the latest version of NCBIDA’s popular learning disabilities simulation. The simulation is a hands-on activity that lets participants experience some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with this language-based learning disability.


“Maybe you’ve felt that your child with learning differences is just not trying hard enough at school. This simulation promises attendees an eye-opening exploration of what it’s like to walk in your children’s shoes. “
— Ronna Mandel from her article in L.A. Parent (full article)




Participants rotate among six learning stations that simulate language-related tasks that may be encountered in the classroom and workplace. Station leaders guide participants through each 10-minute station.

  • Station 1: Learn to Read simulates a beginning reading problem
  • Station 2: Listen to Me simulates an auditory figure-ground problem
  • Station 3: Write with Mirrors simulates a visual-motor and writing problem
  • Station 4: Name That Letter simulates a letter-word identification problem
  • Station 5: Write or Left simulates a copying and writing problem
  • Station 6: Hear and Spell simulates an auditory discrimination problem

The simulation has been shown to be an effective teaching tool. A 2008 study from researchers at Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) using materials from the NCBIDA simulation clearly showed that participation increased awareness of dyslexia among teachers-in-training.
See a review of the study

Experience Dyslexia® is available as a reusable kit for purchase or as a workshop led by NCBIDA volunteers. Order the Experience Dyslexia® kit or schedule a workshop for your organization.

Experience Dyslexia® Simulation Kit
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 “I found it extremely eye-opening to put myself in the shoes of a dyslexic learner. I thought I had an idea what students with dyslexia felt, but I really didn’t. I was frustrated when doing the tasks and can only imagine what a student with dyslexia must feel every day.”                   – A participant in the simulation