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Re: Web accessibility for people with dyslexia

From: Kenbra Deere <kenbra.deere@40digits.com>
Date: Fri, 5 May 2017 09:15:26 -0500
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On Fri, May 5, 2017 at 7:16 AM, Elizabeth Pyatt <ejp10@psu.edu> wrote:

> FYI - Another font I like is Andika from SIL.org
> http://software.sil.org/andika/
>
> It’s designed for learners new to reading and is also optimized multiple
> languages (e.g. Spanish, French, Russian…). It’s under their open font
> license, and it does include a WOFF web font file.
>
> It has a lot of the same design characteristics recommended by the British
> Dyslexia Association (https://bdatech.org/what-technology/typefaces-for-
> dyslexia/)
>
> Elizabeth
>
>
> > On May 5, 2017, at 2:13 AM, Michael A. Peters <mpeters@domblogger.net>
> wrote:
> >
> > On 05/03/2017 06:07 AM, Sandra Evans wrote:
> >> Hi Brian
> >>
> >> Can you provide some examples of the fonts you are referring to?
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> Sandra
> >
> > When I looked at licensing fonts for dyslexia for use as webfonts it
> seemed that many of them either could not be licensed or were too expensive
> for me.
> >
> > I did find a font that was not created specifically for dyslexia but to
> me anyway appeared to have many characteristics of fonts that were created
> for dyslexia.
> >
> > It's called Cyntho Pro.
> >
> > https://www.youworkforthem.com/font/T4888/cyntho-pro/
> >
> > It is a very clean sans-serif font.
> >
> > I am not dyslexic but I have found it is easier for me to read when that
> is the font used for the main content.
> >
> > -=-
> > Unfortunately my own personal disability involves memory issues from
> head injuries (epilepsy) and I don't recall the characteristics I looked
> for, but when I was looking for a dyslexia font and saw I either could not
> license the tested fonts for the web or saw that they were way too
> expensive to license, but I do remember there are certain letters where you
> need to check the characteristics of the shapes.
> >
> > I think p and q and b and d were two of them but I don't remember what
> the characteristics to check for were, and there were some other letters
> where characteristic of the shape matters.
> >
> > Also the font I linked has not been tested for the purpose and I can't
> afford to pay to have it tested for that purpose. So I hope it works but I
> can not say that it does.
> >
> > Also also, it seems there are several different types of dyslexia and
> what works for some does not work for others.
> >
> > A lot of dyslexic say Comic Sans MS is a free font that works well for
> them, but a friend of mine who is dyslexic says that font doesn't help her
> personally. And it also isn't as free as some seem to think. It isn't
> available (legally) as a system font on Linux and it can't (legally) be
> used as a webfont.
> >
> > Interestingly she likes the old Apple font Monaco even though it is
> monospace.
> >
>
> =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
> Elizabeth J. Pyatt, Ph.D.
> Accessibility IT Consultant
> Teaching and Learning with Technology
> Penn State University
> ejp10@psu.edu, (814) 865-0805 or (814) 865-2030 (Main Office)
>
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>
>
>
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