Monday, August 1, 2011

New Font Aids Dyslexic Readers

A new font, aptly titled “dyslexie,” has been developed to aid those with dyslexia, a learning disability which affects one’s ability to read by transposing certain letters. The dyslexie typeface helps dyslexic readers by offering greater differentiation between similar looking letters, like b and d, p and q, v and w, h and n, c and e, i and j, and so on. It also bolds punctuation and capital letters to help readers better recognize the end of one sentence and the start of a new one. According to the Project Dyslexie website, www.studiostudio.nl/project-dyslexie/, “Independent research undertaken by the University of Twente proved that the Dyslexia font improves reading results. The study at the University of Twente showed that people with dyslexia made fewer reading errors when they use the dyslexia font compared to using standard font.”

Unfortunately, buying the dyslexie font can be prohibitively expensive for some, as it is currently priced up to $1000. This site offers alternative resources that are either cheaper or free: http://www.dyslexic.com/fonts. The site suggests that using some fonts already used with word- processors can be helpful to dyslexics, including Sassoon, Trebuchet MS, and Comic Sans.

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