Staff Writer
Published: 22 February 2015 11:54 PM
Updated: 23 February 2015 12:53 AM
Words are tricky for those with dyslexia. They fly off the page. They spiral in on themselves and get jumbled up on top of one another.

The way dyslexics see words varies dramatically, affecting their ability to learn.

A group of Plano middle schoolers wants to help those with the reading disability by developing a mobile app that will allow users to customize text to their specific needs.

“Dyslexia is a really big problem in the world,” said David Yue, 13. “It doesn’t mean that someone is not smart. They just have a disability or a neurological misfiring that doesn’t allow them to read as well as other people. We wanted to give every dyslexic a chance to be able to excel in school and all the activities they do.”

Yue and fellow eighth-graders from Rice Middle School developed the concept for an app called Mind Glass as part of a Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The team was one of eight national winners, earning $20,000 for the school and the opportunity to work one-on-one with professionals from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to build the app.