As a company owner, you might have come across the concept of barrier-free publishing. Or maybe your web and print materials are already barrier-free in terms of colors, font sizes, meta descriptions, simple language, and the like. Barrier-free means that the content you provide is accessible to a large group of people who suffer from various conditions, including impaired sight, cognitive and other physical disabilities, but also persons with dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a reading disorder and those with the condition have problems reading. Other things they may struggle with are spelling, reading quickly or sounding out words.
The Belgian graphic designer Christian Boer, dyslexic himself, designed a font to help people with this disorder. Dyslexie font is available for free for home / private use and available at a fair price for commercial use. There is also a free browser add-on that can be used for browsing. The font is delivered as a regular .ttf and is thus compatible with any computer, even with smartphones.
Why does the Dyslexie font help people with dyslexia?
The font has heavy bottoms and that works like gravity, keeping the single characters the right side up. The characters also have slanted parts to them to avoid similar letters from being mistaken for one another. Also, the openings are bigger (e.g. for a, c, s) to make them more recognizable. Mirroring of characters is reduced by slanting them slightly. Ascenders and descenders add emphasis to the letters h, j, p, y and others. Capitals and punctuation marks are bolder to prevent sentences from running together.
Altogether, the Dyslexie font features 9 distinct characteristics. Read more about it on www.dyslexiefont.com. You can also purchase the font there for commercial use, or get your free package for private use. Please make sure that you also check out their Facebook page.
Did you know?
According to the International Dislexia Association, about 15-20% of the US population as a whole may have symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, weak spelling, and poor writing. Not all will qualify for Special Education, but most benefit from systematic, explicit instruction in reading, writing and language (AKA, Structured Literacy Instruction).
If you’d like to learn more about barrier-free content creation, for either web or print, please do get in touch. Together, we can determine your needs and work out solutions to help your customers fully benefit from your content.