This Free Font May Actually Help Dyslexic Students Read Better

This is one of those developments that make you love technology and how it can truly benefit education. There’s a free open font now available that may actually help dyslexic people read better. Whether it’s true or not, this idea is incredible.

The font, available for download here, was made by Aberlardo Gonzalez and has a license that lets you use it for free without any restriction. In other words, it might be time to start trying this out with any of your students (or you, perhaps) who have dyslexia. 1 in 10 people have dyslexia so this font may make a big difference in comprehension.

How To Use The OpenDyslexic Font

From The Font Creator

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.

Get The Font

The font is available for download here on GitHub

5 Comments

  1. sedidger

    October 5, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I spotted this the other day and tonight finally showed my medium to severely dyslexic 17-year-old son the font. He immediately brightened up and said that he could read it a lot better than the Times Roman we were using to complete his homework. Not scientific, but whatever works!!

  2. Elona Hartjes

    October 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    This is very exciting because it’s an easy way to help students read. Teachers can simply use this font for handouts. I’m going to share your post on my blog teachersatrisk Thanks.

  3. Violetta

    October 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

    This is brilliant!

  4. Bbdodson

    December 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Scientific studies prove that dyslexia is not a problem of visual acuity, but rather a processing problem in the brain. Find scientifically proven information at http://www.interdys.org or http://www.dyslexia.yale.edu.

  5. Chris van Donkelaar

    January 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Actually, dyslexia is not a, “problem” at all (@Bbdodson), it’s an alternative way of thinking that results in amazing abilities and strengths in a number of ways throughout life. According to the book the, “Dyslexic Advantage”, those areas include advanced abilities in Material, Interconnected, Narrative, and Dynamic Reasoning—all types of reasoning associated with creativity.

    If 1 in 10 people is dyslexic (as stated above) then maybe education systems need to stop discriminating against these students by propitiating a system whereby success in school can only be achieved via strong reading/writing skills … Are the 3R’s really compatible with 21st century learning?