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Font Choice

Though research has shown that most fonts designed specifically for dyslexia do not lead to increased reading speed and accuracy, readers may want to choose a font they prefer and is most comfortable for them.

Try out different font style options in Clusive!

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Readers may prefer different fonts in order to reduce barriers for fluency in decoding, to match a reading purpose, mood, or to help engage with a text. Options for text size, line spacing, letter spacing, and font allow readers to find a combination that works for them.

Research

There have been a few different fonts designed for children and adults with dyslexia: Dyslexie, OpenDyslexic, and EasyReading.

There has also been some research conducted using commonly-available fonts, such as Courier, Times, Arial, and Comic Sans, with some conflicting results.

Related Guidelines

The features of the CISL tools are related to existing guidelines and best practices, including the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines. The feature of font choice is connected to:

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

WCAG does not require font choice be provided, but Guideline 3.1 Readable requires that developers make text content readable and understandable. Text choice, particularly fonts that support readers with dyslexia, can allow students to decode and meaningfully engage with text.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines

Font choice in other work

Want to see what other projects are doing with font choice features? See what GPII.net has compiled on Tiresias fonts, a low vision font family. Also check out The Reading Well’s overview of fonts that can support readers with dyslexia.

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