Do you or someone you know struggle with dyslexia?
Well, check out the latest beta test (where you can toggle the dyslexic font) from the Church! They are in beta testing some options for those who may have dyslexia and making Gospel learning accessible to everyone!
There are also two great Ensign articles below the link written by members with dyslexia. They have some great tips and tricks you should know about!
First, check out the beta LDS.org website at the link below!
Note: Content below is from the Ensign. The title of each article will lead you to the articles directly on lds.org.
As someone with dyslexia, I learn a little bit differently than many of my peers do. When I was a child, dedicated parents and teachers discovered that a multisensory teaching approach helped me to better understand and retain information. In other words, if I could see and touch or see and hear what I was being taught, I was more likely to remember it.
Now as a young adult, I still use this method. One tool that has helped me tremendously in my gospel study is listening to the audio files available under “Media Formats” in the Gospel Library at LDS.org. Audio publications here include the scriptures, scripture study materials, general conference addresses, Church magazines, Teachings of Presidents of the Church manuals, music, and more. As I listen to these (generally on a personal MP3 player so I’m not distracted by external sounds) and follow along with the text either in a hard-copy publication or online, I am better able to understand the words of the prophets and apostles.
Occasionally the materials I want to study aren’t available in MP3 format. In these cases, I have used the video or ASL (American Sign Language) video options and turned up the sound on my computer.
I am grateful that the words of the Brethren are accessible in formats that allow all of us—no matter how we learn—to understand them.
When I was 21, I met the sister missionaries, and they gave me a Book of Mormon and invited me to read it. I am dyslexic, so I said I couldn’t read. But they said I should try anyway. I was annoyed that they didn’t understand my condition, but I agreed to at least try. I knew they weren’t asking for their personal gain, so I obeyed.
At first I read only because the missionaries asked me to and I knew they thought the Book of Mormon would help me. And it did. I joined the Church soon after they gave me my first copy of the Book of Mormon. I have read it every day since then for the past 16 years.
For the first five years, I couldn’t understand any of the words I saw in the scriptures, but I read a line or two each day. Eventually I read the entire standard works as well as Jesus the Christ by Elder James E. Talmage. Although I can now understand only small pieces of what I read, I am glad I have continued to read the scriptures. I believe that when I am resurrected, everything I have read will come flooding back into my mind. So even though it might seem futile to read a book that I will never completely understand in this life, I still keep the commandment to read daily because I want to be obedient. Besides, I have found that regular scripture reading gives me the opportunity to be taught by the Spirit.
I have also listened to audio recordings of the scriptures. At night, after saying a prayer and reading the scriptures, I listened to the recordings as I fell asleep. By listening to the scriptures as well as trying to read them, I was able to get to know the scriptures really well. I have also listened to general conference and devotionals online so that I could hear the prophets talk about the gospel.
Daily scripture study is part of living the gospel, so I work at it. I didn’t join the Church to be half active; I joined to be fully active. Even though it’s hard, I read the scriptures every day because the prophets have asked us to. There is no point in hearing a commandment and not doing it.