New font to help make a difference to the lives of dyslexia sufferers

[Taveena Atsu| Features Sub Editor]

A new font called ‘Dyslexie’ has been designed by Dutch graphic designer Christian Boer to try and create a stress-free reading experience for others, like himself, who have dyslexia.  We give you an insight on the new font and interview Emma Diston, at Hertfordshire Disability Services, to get her thoughts on it.

The font was originally created as part of Boer’s thesis whilst at Utrecht Art Academy, and changes the shapes of letters so that they are clearer to those with dyslexia.

Diston knows that “there are a number of different fonts” and that “font type does make a difference to dyslexic students” but also recognises the importance of the font size and the actual language used.  In addition to Dyslexie, Diston says there are a number of great resources offered which “explain how to lay out a document for best effect and to enable access to all people”.

There are a considerable number of people at the University who have dyslexia, not all of whom were diagnosed before their degrees. It’s not always discovered throughout childhood which is why there is a “diagnostic service offered here at the University.”

Diston believes that “teaching styles and materials should be dyslexia friendly” and the University supports this too. A range of different styles of support are provided to students with dyslexia, based on their needs and methods of study.

Diston agrees that the font used in the University should be accessible to all and tells us that “The font style and size currently used in all marketing was agreed in line with dyslexia.” Having said this, she also believes that “font style should never be a barrier to learning” continuing that “in the current educational climate materials should be in an accessible format and available electronically to enable all students to view their materials in their preferred style.”

Dyslexie font style is widely used in a variety of places, and appears to make life easier for those who use it. However, it’s important to remember that other factors contribute towards learning, so if you’re suffering from dyslexia, it doesn’t always have to hold you back – there is a wide range of support available.

If you or somebody you know would like more learning support, visit http://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/disability-services

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New font to help make a difference to the lives of dyslexia sufferers