Fontmaker creates font to help those with dyslexia

Individuals with dyslexia, which is one in ten people according to the International Dyslexia Association, have an understandably difficult time with most web pages. Since most pages are text-based, those with dyslexia have a harder time processing them. So Aberlardo Gonzalez decided to create a free font to change this.

The New Hampshire native's font, called OpenDyslexic, thickens the bottom of most letters. This helps reduce the symptom in which folks with dyslexia's visual processing cortexes rotate the images.

It's an old trick, but it's the first time it's been employed in a font.

"I had seen similar fonts, but at the time they were completely unaffordable and so impractical as far as costs go," Gonzalez said. "I figured there's other people who would like the same thing but had the same issues, and so I thought I'd make an open source one that everyone could contribute to and help out with."

After creating the font, he made openWeb, an app for iPhone and iPad that modifies the Safari browser to use OpenDyslexic as the enforced font, meaning pages will show up in the font.

He's run into some legal gray areas (a fontmaker named Christian Boer sent him a cease and desist early in the process), but at the moment, the font is still free and is still available at his website.

Via DailyTech

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