A SPRINKLE OF TECHNOLOGY
OpenDyslexic is a new open source font that was created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia! You can download the font for FREE for both commercial and personal use at opendyslexic.org.
Not only can you download the font to use in documents, but they have also created a FREE EXTENSION that can be used in the Chrome browser! Once the extension is turned on, it will automatically override all fonts on any webpage with the OpenDyslexic font for easier readability!
The overview of the OpenDyslexic extension in the Chrome Web Store explains the reasoning behind the font:
"Your brain can sometimes do funny things to letters. OpenDyslexic tries to help prevent some of these things from happening. Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to add a kind of "gravity" to each letter. You are able to quickly figure out which part of the letter is down because of this feature. It aids in recognizing the correct letter, and sometimes helps to keep your brain from rotating them around. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent confusion through flipping and swapping."
Check out the extension in action below.
WEBPAGE WITHOUT OPENDYSLEXIC EXTENSION
WEBSITE WITH OPENDYSLEXIC EXTENSION
To add the extension to a computer, first download the extension in the Chrome Web Store. Then, once it has been added to the toolbar, be sure to click the extension icon to make sure that it is turned ON. Afterwards, every webpage will automatically format with the OpenDyslexic font!
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