Special Fonts Help Dyslexics Accommodate

One of the challenges that many dyslexic people face in their daily activities is reading certain font types.  Last year, New Hampshire-based mobile app designer Abelardo Gonzalez created a font that makes reading typeface easier for people with dyslexia.

The font is named “Open-Dyslexic”.  Each uniquely shaped letter in this typeface is thickened at the bottom, which helps stop the visual cortex in the brain from perceiving the letter as moving, flipping, or rotating.  In addition, because the bottoms of the sentences are darker and thicker, it becomes easier to follow each line of text without skipping or re-reading any lines.   Gonzalez states that Open-Dyslexic is constantly being improved and updated according to input from dyslexic users.  The font is free to download at http://dyslexicfonts.com/downloads.php

Open-Dyslexic is similar to other dyslexic friendly fonts such as Gill Dyslexic and dyslexie, which are available for a fee.

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Diana Garcia is a Customer Service Specialist for the Easyread System, an online phonics course that help children with dyslexia, auditory processing disorder and highly visual learning styles overcome their reading problems. Find out more at www.easyreadsystem.com.

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