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This New Typeface Helps Dyslexic Kids See Letters Normally

It’s estimated that approximately 40 million adults in the U.S. are dyslexic, and yet only 2 million know it. Depending on how long it took you to get through that first sentence, you may be a part of that remaining 38 million and your kids could be to. The good news is that for people struggling with this reading disorder that makes it harder to process letters, relief could be on the way.

The fact that fonts are designed for aesthetic purposes makes it more challenging for people with dyslexia to distinguish between similar letters. That’s why Dutch graphic designer Christian Boer, who’s also dyslexic, developed a typeface to correct this. Because dyslexic individuals tend to view letters as 3D objects and many letters are based off of one another, it’s easier for them to flip them around and jumble them up. The typeface known as Dyslexie emphasizes the individual differences of letters by bolding the bottoms of letters like “p” and “d”(so they stay right side up), lengthening letters like “h” (so they don’t look like an “n”), and slanting letters like “j” (to set them apart from an “i”). So far it has helped nearly three quarters of students surveyed read with fewer mistakes, according to independent research, and that’s the smartest thing a skewed j has ever done.

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If you don’t know if your kid is dyslexic, the font is available for free on their website and perhaps worth trying. If you so know that your kid is dyslexic, don’t sweat it because it has nothing to do with their intelligence. Einstein along with 50 percent of all NASA employees have had dyslexia, and they all turned out just fine. Now your kid can be even better than that.

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