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Dyslexia style guide and fonts

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has created a style guide for preparing text for dyslexic students. To find it, google “British Dyslexia Association”, or download the guide from https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/common/ckeditor/filemanager/userfiles/About_Us/policies/Dyslexia_Style_Guide.pdf .

The BDA also conducted research on typefaces preferred by dyslexic readers, and discovered that sans serif was most popular. See the paper at https://bdatech.org/what-technology/typefaces-for-dyslexia/. Recommended typefaces available in Microsoft Office include Arial, Comic Sans, Century Gothic, Verdana, Trebuchet and Calibri.

Fonts designed for dyslexia include

International Dyslexia Association

In her edWeb webinar, “Strategies and Ideas for Creating a Dyslexia Friendly Classroom,” Dyslexia Interventionist Nelda Reyes highly recommended joining the International Dyslexia Association, among other things. The Association hosts conferences and offers resources for teachers and families. A notable resource is the downloadable PDF handbook, “Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know,” which includes classroom strategies, tips, and tools.

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