When I was in high school, I knew a few kids with dyslexia. They were always given extra time to take tests, but other than that they operated like every other student. Back then, I thought that dyslexia just meant that reading took a little longer for one reason or another. Since it didn't affect me, I didn't take the time to learn what it was or how it manifests itself. Despite how many people have it, there are still plenty who do not quite understand what it means to be dyslexic.
Dyslexia is a reading disorder that inhibits one's ability to spell, read, and write quickly, or "sound out" words in their head. Before writing this, I probably would have described people with dyslexia as "suffering" from it. But, after doing further research, I learned that those with dyslexia don't view it as a burden, but rather as a gift. In fact, this disorder isn't linked to any issues with overall intelligence, and there have been many famous intellectuals throughout history with the gift of dyslexia. People like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Ann Bancroft, to name a few.
We can hear hundreds of testimonies from people with dyslexia, but we'll never truly understand what they experience until we read something through their eyes. Recently, a programmer named Victor Widell designed a page that simulates what it feels like to read something if you have dyslexia. He was inspired to do this after a dyslexic friend described what it feels like every time she reads. This is by no means a representation of what every dyslexic person sees when they look at a piece of text, but it does help us get a better idea of what it feels like to live with this gift.