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Dyslexia Friendly Fonts on Websites and Apps

Patient group uses dyslexia-friendly font on their website

Implus en Woortblind is a Dutch patient and advocacy group supporting people with dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We’re well used to seeing buttons to click to make sites more accessible, for example for people with impaired vision. It’s a little more unusual to see a patient group site that has a prominent button which puts all the text into a font designed specially for people with dyslexia, Dyslexie font.

Using dyslexie font

Following on, the Dyslexi font was created 10 years ago by a graphic designer with dyslexia. Since then a number of European universities have studied it. The developer’s site states that that across these studies:

  • Firstly, 72.2% of the tested persons are able to read faster with Dyslexie font
  • Secondly, 73.2% of the participants make fewer mistakes with the font
  • Lastly, about 84.3% of those tested would recommend using Dyslexie font to others.

Although the resulting products are not cheap for an individual with dyslexia, at nearly £90 or around $115, this enables:

  • One, the Dyslexie font to be downloaded for use on computers and some android devices
  • Two, a text editor to make text easier to read
  • Three, a Chrome extension to change font, size and backgrounds for easier internet browsing. 
Finding apps to help with dyslexia

In addition, communication, Access Literacy and Learning (CALL) at the University of Edinburgh produces a range of resources for dyslexia and other conditions, downloadable from their website. One innovative and attractive format is their `app wheel poster’ PDFs. These recommend relevant apps for each condition. When viewed electronically, these `wheels’ include live links to each app mentioned.

The apps are grouped around a wheel, according to what they can help with. For dyslexia, the inner hub of the wheel covers the core skill categories:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Memory
  • Organisation.

Each category then breaks down into a number of subcategories as the `spokes’ of the wheel. For example, `writing’ includes keyboard apps for dyslexia, a dyslexic’s dictionary and audio note-makers. CALL say that the iPad app wheel for dyslexia has been downloaded more than 130,000 times since its launch in 2013.  Maintaining this resource is clearly a major commitment, as apps and links change constantly.  The latest update was in October this year. 

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