From Scientific American, “The reason I became interested in this field is because I have dyslexia, and reading was always a challenge. Reading for me was so painful and non-productive, in fact, that for a period of about 20 years I almost stopped reading altogether. But then, by chance, I discovered that when I used the small screen of a smartphone to read my scientific papers required for work, I was able to read with much greater facility and ease.”
From Matt Schneps’ research article, E-readers are more effective for some with dyslexia, “Those who struggled most with phoneme decoding or efficient sight word reading read more rapidly using the device, and those with limited VA Spans gained in comprehension. Prior eye tracking studies demonstrated that short lines facilitate reading in dyslexia, suggesting that it is the use of short lines (and not the device per se) that leads to the observed benefits.”
The visual aspects of dyslexia often seem to be neglected although there seems to be a lot of popular interest in dyslexia-related fonts.
When will public schools (or even workplaces for that matter) catch up?
From our Dyslexia at School Survey (it’s still open, please take it), a whopping 68% of dyslexic students in public schools were not allowed accessible texts or technology supports for reading in their schools.
Students and dyslexic adults will differ in terms of which fonts they prefer. The font I used for the photo above was Calibri with a little bit extra character spacing between letters. Some people prefer Comic Sans, Verdana, Open Dyslexic, etc. Also while some may strongly prefer sans serif fonts, others may strongly prefer those with serifs like Times New Roman
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