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Dyslexia-Friendly Fonts

OpenDyslexic is an open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic styles, and 2 typefaces: OpenDyslexic, and OpenDyslexic-Alta. It was created to help with reading, and is being updated continually and improved based on input from other dyslexic users. There are no restrictions on using OpenDyslexic.

 

OpenDyslexic is created to help with some of the symptoms of dyslexia. Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to indicate direction. You are able to quickly figure out which part of the letter is down which aids in recognizing the correct letter, and sometimes helps to keep your brain from rotating them around. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent confusion through flipping and swapping.

 

Download OpenDyslexic here: http://www.opendyslexic.org/

Print Disability and Low Vision-Friendly Fonts

Arial - One of the best fonts for vision impairment.  Available pre-installed on most computers.

Helvetica - Similar to Arial, this popular font is easily read in various weights and sizes. Available pre-installed on most computers.

Bebas Neue - Uses all capital letters and clean lines.  Download here: https://www.dafont.com/bebas-neue.font

Calibri - The default font selection on Microsoft Word, this font has high legibility in large print sizes.  The thinner letters, however, can be difficult if eye-fatigued. 

APHont - Specifically designed for low vision users, APHont is designed to be read quickly and clearly in any font size or weight.  Download here: https://www.aph.org/products/aphont/

Comic Sans - Letters are easy to focus on, and look uniform.  Available pre-installed on most computers. 

Lavanderia - Excellent cursive font for low vision users. Download here: https://www.wfonts.com/font/lavanderia

Here is some more information about an add-on that allows you to add way more fonts than those already in Google Docs: https://thenextweb.com/google/2015/07/02/new-google-docs-panel-lets-users-access-thousands-of-fonts/

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