London based dyslexic and graphic designer, Sam Barclay, has released his third book which helps people understand visually how dyslexics experience the written word.
Sam’s first book received worldwide press attention and was lauded by educators for his typographic experiments in a visually stunning, large-format book. Having lived and worked with the condition all his life, he’s now created a novel styled book which pays more deference to a much-maligned and misunderstood neuro-diverse condition.
Currently, up to 17% of the population suffers from dyslexia and his book ‘I Wonder What it’s Like to be Dyslexic?’ helps everyone from employers to parents to understand visually the personal struggles dyslexia brings.
At parents evenings, Sam’s mum and dad were often met with statements such as “What do we do with a boy like Sam?” and “We call him Lazy Bones”. His parents reacted by saying “We found this totally unacceptable, and alarm bells were ringing.” Personal experiences have been included in the book to help fellow dyslexics and parents relate to the struggles they face.
With UK special needs education funding cuts of up to 22% in some regions, Sam hopes to recreate the success of the first book by challenging myths, creating awareness and ultimately help stop another kid from being called ‘Lazy Bones’.