Do dyslexia-friendly fonts help people to read?

The answer is no, according to Guinevere Eden*, Ph. D., director of the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University Medical Center.

According to Dr. Eden, scientific studies on these kinds of fonts in 2016, 2017 and 2018 show these fonts to have “no measurable benefits” in helping people to read.

What are “dyslexia-friendly” fonts?

  • These fonts use thicker lines or curves in some parts of letters, especially the parts which sit on the line.
  • These fonts slant letters slightly.
  • These fonts vary the length of letters with ascenders (b, d an h, for example) and letters with descenders (letters like g, j and p, for example.
  • These fonts leave extra space between letters.

To see an example of this type font, search for Dyslexie or Open Dyslexic.

*As quoted in Understood, available online at https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/dyslexia-friendly-font

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