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Special Fonts May Help People With Dyslexia Read

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If you live with dyslexia, more technological options are now available to make your life easier, including special fonts that cause reading to be less arduous.

Dyslexia is a type of learning disability that hinders the ability to read, including difficulties with matching up sounds to letters and whole words, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

One example of a specially designed font for people with dyslexia is called Dyslexie, designed by Christian Boer, a graphic designer.

This font is designed to make reading easier for people with dyslexia, since the individual letters in the font are made to stand out more from each other than other regular fonts.

This may make it easier to avoid confusing or switching around letters, according to the Dyslexie website.

“With a heavy base line, alternating stick/tail lengths, larger-than-normal openings, and a semi-cursive slant, the dyslexia font ensures that each character has a unique form,” according to the website.

There are studies from two different universities that support the font’s helpfulness, and a survey was completed as well.

One study is part of a master thesis at Universiteit Twente, and results suggested that there was a decrease in reading errors while using the special font, although reading speed did not increase.

Another font available is called OpenDyslexic and OpenDyslexic-Alta. Like Dyslexie, this font is also free to download.

Although no research has been done on this specific font, the creator of the font, Abelardo Gonzalez, states on his website that it has helped with his reading and friends who have dyslexia. The font is updated based on suggestions of the general public, as well.

“Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to indicate direction,” according to the website. “You are able to quickly figure out which part of the letter is down, which aids in recognizing the correct letter, and sometimes helps to keep your brain from rotating them around.”

“Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent confusion through flipping and swapping.”

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