By Iona Holloway

Every classroom had one “Blue-Spec Bob(-ina).” Bob was the poor kid who wet himself even looking at the book corner, couldn’t read out loud, and was an ideal target for finger-pointing, damned forever by his “special,” blue-tinted, dyslexic reading glasses.

Dyslexia is a developmental reading disorder occurring in people with average intelligence and sociocultural opportunity who, regardless, struggle with spelling, manipulation of sounds and ability to respond quickly to visual/verbal input. The bad part? 2013 isn’t the year dyslexia was cured. The good part? Brain research and technology’s come a long way to help the Bobs of the world get a handle on reading. Here’s a visual rundown on what we've learned about the dyslexic human brain in the last year.

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