Yesterday I saw a tweet from Jamie Gibbs (@mithrilwisdom) for a really interesting post he wrote called “Dyslexic friendly fonts could be coming to Amazon Kindle“. I highly recommend you to go to his website and read the post. It’s really good.
But that made me think and browse a bit more on dyslexia friendly fonts. For those of you that don’t know, I’m a Psychomotricist and I work mainly with children with some sort of disability. I’ve worked with several kids with Dyslexia and this was always something that was on my mind: why not work on dyslexia friendly fonts? If you’re dyslexic, or know or have worked with someone with dyslexia, you know that some fonts or some cursives are easier to understand. So, friendly fonts seem to be the next logical step.
This is where Open Dyslexic enters the scene. Click on their logo below to go to the website.
This is the most amazing website. Really. It is. As they describe it:
“OpenDyslexic is a new open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The typefaces includes regular, bold, italic and bold-italic styles. It is being updated continually and improved based on input from dyslexic users. There are no restrictions on using OpenDyslexic outside of attribution.”
And they continue, describing in a simple way how dyslexia works and how this font can help:
“Your brain can sometimes do funny things to letters. OpenDyslexic tries to help prevent some of these things from happening. Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to add a kind of “gravity” to each letter, helping to keep your brain from rotating them around in ways that can make them look like other letters. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent flipping and swapping.
OpenDyslexic also takes a different approach to italic styles. It is generally recommended that italics be avoided in reading material for dyslexia. However, instead of taking the normal approach of “slant x% for italic,” OpenDyslexic’s italic style has been crafted to allow for its use for emphasis while maintaining readability.”
And they also have another great resource: a dyslexia friendly browser for iPad, iPhone and iPod called openWeb. For free! Seriously! This is amazing and they should be funded.
I’m not dyslexic but from what I’ve seen so far, Open-Dyslexic should be broadcast everywhere. We need our kids to use this! I’m positive that this font will help them. Maybe not all but certainly some. And that’s already a huge win!
Thank you to everyone at Open Dyslexic. You rock!