One of the more commonly known learning disabilities is dyslexia. It is also very misunderstood. When you think of dyslexia, what crosses your mind?
“It’s not that hard to read.”
“Oh my god, why did Mrs. so-and-so call on him/her to read?!”
Many of us were judgmental teenagers.
I was fortunate to have a friend who explained to me what it meant for her sister to be dyslexic. While I couldn’t completely grasp the concept, I felt extremely guilty for judging a person based on something they couldn’t control.
With these latest tools, we can better understand it from the outside looking in. It tore my teen heart apart.
I want to show you dyslexia in action.
Click here for a web site created to show you one common way a diagnosed person sees words.
No, your computer wasn’t going haywire on you. That is the most common type of dyslexia (there are other less common ways the brain sends the wrong signals that fall under dyslexia). It’s called typoglycemia. Can you imagine reading the crazy jumbling?
Another example is in graphic designer, Daniel Britton’s, font, shown above. Britton said when its letters are formed into complete sentences, it emulates how dyslexia can make reading so frustrating.
These are unique ways to walk a mile in someone with dyslexia’s shoes. However, you get to take the shoes off.
If you have dyslexia, font may be an answer for you.
Coincidentally, it could be all about fonts. In 2014, Dutch designer Christian Boer created a dyslexic-friendly font for folks like himself. The font, called Dyslexie (linked here), not only helps people with dyslexia, but it helps prevent eye strain in people who don’t have dyslexia.
Download it FREE for personal/home use, schools and for-profit organizations must pay a licensing fee.
Did you know your employer could be legally required to buy and use this font as an accommodations tool?
Contact your company’s HR department. If you’re still in school, find the disability advocate or your guidance counselor. Work with teachers ahead of time to get PowerPoints and worksheets in your font. Perhaps you can bring your own laptop that has the font installed.
Of course, this won’t be the answer for everything. Books won’t have it. I couldn’t find any specific Kindle free reading apps that utilized this special font. If you know of one, please leave it in the comments.
One note to keep in mind: the more people ask for something, the greater chance there is of obtaining it. To that point, parents, try reaching out to the school principal if your child is struggling with dyslexia. Investing the time to set up these resources early in life yields lifelong success – it’s been statistically proven!