Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What is the Best Dyslexia Font?

Finding a good dyslexia font that is easy to read may seem like it is difficult but it is not impossible.

If you are reading, there are many books available that print their books with fonts that are easy for people with dyslexia to read.  Many of these books are printed by publishers that publish books solely meant for people with dyslexia.  

These books can range from children’s books to adult books in all sorts of genres.
When it comes to writing that can be a bit more of a challenge but there are fonts available to you!  Some of these fonts are fairly inexpensive to buy or even free for you to download and use.

Fairly recently a team of researchers in Spain published the results of a study of which fonts were the easiest for people with dyslexia to read.  The sampling they used was not a huge one so it is possible that one font they used may be hard for you to read and that’s okay.  There were several different types of fonts that people with dyslexia can read and the odds are one that works well for you is most likely on this list.

The researchers in Spain studied forty eight dyslexic people aging in range from eleven to fifty.  They discovered that by having people read twelve different texts in twelve different fonts people could read the easiest in sans serif and monospaced.

While this is promising it should also be noted that fonts that have italic formats should be avoided.  The researchers discovered that reading was severely impaired when italic fonts were used.

Based on their findings researchers recommend HelveticaCourierArialVeranda, and Computer Modern as the best for easy reading.

There are also many types of dyslexia fonts that are easy to read that are available online.
Some of these dyslexia fonts involve making bottom heavy letters so that your mind can’t turn the letters.  With some of these fonts the spaces between the letters are bigger as well for easier reading.  Punctuation marks and capitalized letters can be made bolder so that it is easier to read and the paragraph does not appear as one big run on sentence.

There is also a special type of dyslexia font known as “Read Regular” or “Zwijsen Dyslexiefont” that was developed in 2003 by graphic designer Natascha Frensch.  This person developed a font specifically designed for easy reading for people with dyslexia.  This particular font can can be easily be found through an online search.

Though it is rather expensive there is a dyslexia font out there that is often recommended.  This font is called “Easy Read” and can be purchased online.  This font is different as the letter shapes are similar to those that are used in school to teach handwriting.  The letter shapes are exaggerated to emphasize the word shapes.

Another dyslexia font is called “Myriad Pro” which is a modern easy reading font designed by Adobe.  Many sites have begun adopting this font for easy readying for people with dyslexia.  This font has a clean sans serif look that makes reading easy for people with dyslexia.

When looking for the best dyslexia font that is easy to read be sure to do your research.  Many of the websites that provide these fonts will also post reviews and ratings.  Keep in mind what type of dyslexia font that works for you may not work for someone else and vice-versa.  This is perfectly fine and normal!  With a little time and effort you will be able to find which type of dyslexia font that is easy to read works best for you!


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