San Francisco, CA –  You’ve probably heard of dyslexia, and you might even know someone who experiences it, but if you’re a non-dyslexic, can you imagine the way they process the world? Can you really picture it? A developer named Victor Windell made a simulation on GitHub that allows you to read web content as if you have dyslexia, broadening understanding and increasing empathy among non-dyslexics. As you watch the letters on the page move and jump, you experience the same struggle as the 10-15% of the American population with dyslexia*.

Why this matters:

Advances in technology are making it easier for us to simulate and demonstrate important health issues that allow HCPs to better understand their patients and caregivers to better understand what their loved ones are experiencing. These simulations also help people diagnose themselves; many people with dyslexia don’t even know they have it.

Read more about this simulation at Wired.

*Dyselxia Research Institute

About the Author:

As Managing Director of Innovation for Syneos Health Communications, Leigh is responsible for shaping the company’s perspective on the next era of healthcare marketing. Through thought leadership, strategic innovation workshops and new products and capabilities, Leigh focuses on identifying marketing approaches that will fuel that new era and generate significant growth for clients. Leigh has worked with Fortune 1000 companies to craft their digital, mobile, social and CRM strategies for over 17 years. She’s worked for category-leading agencies in retail, public affairs, B2B technology, and higher education. Prior to moving to Syneos Health Communications, she had several leadership roles at one of our agencies, GSW. There, she founded an innovation practice fueled by the zeitgeist and spearheaded digital and innovation thinking across the business. Leigh has taken a special interest in complex healthcare products that can change lives in meaningful ways. She was recently a strategic lead on the 3rd largest launch in pharmaceutical history: Tecfidera. Before that she had keys roles with Eli Lilly Oncology, Abbott Nutrition, Amgen Cardiovascular, and Eli Lilly Diabetes. A critical part of Leigh’s work is trends and new ideas. Every year, she convenes a group of trend watchers from across our global network to identify the shifts most critical to healthcare marketers. Leigh is a sought-after writer and speaker. Recognized as one of the most inspiring people in the pharmaceutical industry by PharmaVoice, Leigh also was recognized as a Rising Star by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) for her overt passion, industry thought leadership and significant contributions in new business, strategy and mentoring.