It’s pretty cool that someone decided to make a type face specifically for people with dyslexia. The font called Dyslexie was specially designed to make reading more fluent for people who struggle with language and reading based learning difficulties like dyslexia. Not many others could say they have a special font made for them.
The most important visual difference between Dyslexie is that each letter is different from one another. In a traditional font, a number of letters in the alphabet are mirrored, flipped or rotated versions of another letter. For example /b/, /p/, /q/ and /d/ are all the same shape but different orientation. This can make it very difficult for someone with dyslexia to read fluently. They may struggle with differentiating between letter shapes and consequently their sounds.
What’s great about Dyslexie is that each and every letter is significantly different, so being able to see the difference between /u/ and /n/ is easier for people with dyslexia. The font is also bottom-heavy so is logical which way up the letter goes.
In a 2012 survey, 84.3% of people who tried the font said that it helped them to read faster and 77.4% said they experienced less mistakes while reading.
Dyslexie is free for home use, and available online for businesses or schools to download for a small fee.
Another great thing about this font is that you can get an internet browser extension, which means just by making a few adjustments on your internet settings, you can view many webpages in Dysliexie as well!
Try it out at home by clicking here and let us know what you think.
For more information about dyslexia, email us or call Summit Point School on (09) 973 5354.