13 responses

  1. Anna Lin Thomsen
    August 25, 2013

    Abigail, I totally agree with your point regarding familiarity with the type face and individual letter forms as well as the sensitivity dyslexics experience while reading. Arial still works best for me. Others cause dizziness and headaches.

    Anna Lin

  2. Dsylexic Reader
    May 5, 2014

    Good recommendations for the fonts but the one on this blog is awful for me. It is one of the hardest fonts to read (TO ME). I couldnt even read all of it. :-(

    • Abigail Marshall
      May 5, 2014

      Try this free browser add on:

      Our main web site at http://www.dyslexia.com/ allows you to choose your own font – see http://www.dyslexia.com/customize.htm — but that function doesn’t work for the blog. Unfortunately, I have not been able in the past to find a WordPress plug-in that allows site visitors to have a choice of font or other display options.

      However, I have now found a plug in that might work. I’ll try to implement this soon. Do you have any font that is a favorite for you?

  3. Vicky
    August 15, 2014

    What is the Font the blog is written in? I found it difficult but my dyslexic other half thought it was great
    Thank you for the info

    • Abigail Marshall
      August 15, 2014

      Have you noticed the option to change fonts at the top of the right-side navigation bar? Right now the default font is set to Arial — but you can choose another and I’m always happy to consider requests for specific additional font options.

  4. Allison
    September 10, 2014

    I found this very interesting! I have mild dyslexia and I never thought that changing the font could help. I’m going to find what font works for me best.
    Thank you!

  5. Nat
    November 13, 2014

    I thought that open dyslexic was hard to read, too, when I first saw it. I got the dyslexie font recently, which looks nicer, but barely, and had the same problem at first, but after practice (I transcoded my favorite book into the font and read it) I now love the font. After a few chapters my eyes had adjusted to the new typeface and I found that I didn’t have to re-read sentences over and over and I wasn’t missing words like I usually do while reading. Reading wasn’t entirely mistake-free, but it was much better than normal.

    Ariel works fine for me, Times New Roman, too. Courier is the worst.

  6. Lillie
    November 17, 2014

    I also prefer Times New Roman. I feel like the serifs help me see the word as whole shape. I am actually a very fast reader and I don’t look at the the individual letters but the word as whole. I always wondered about this as no serifs is always recomended but were never helpful to me. Of course every person is different and I actually never struggled with reading. My problem is dyscalcula and most of all dysgraphia. I can spell great out loud but when my hand goes to write or type the word the letters come out in the wrong order. I can usually see it is the wrong order unless I am in a hurry or tired. But sometimes, when I try to fix it, it just gets worse! Especially when I am writing by hand. The word “and” just ends up looking like the last letter is hybrid of “d” and “q.” I know looking at the word that the last letter has line going up from the circle but my hand just can’t remember up or down, up or down? It sometimes picks the wrong one and even if it picks the right one I am so used to it being wrong that I immediately correct it and make it go the other way, thus making it wrong!

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