Dyslexia is a disability that likely affects 70 – 80 percent of people with poor reading skills, with one in five students having a language-based disability that could include dyslexia.
Many folks with dyslexia have trouble differentiating between different letters of the alphabet, many of which–especially in digital text form–look very similar. Many of the letters in our alphabet, like ‘i’ and ‘j’, or ‘n’ and ‘u’ can be mistaken for each other, especially if someone has a visual processing difference and reverses or rotates the letters when reading.
There’s a new font that aims to help, and a great eBook reader, vBookz PDF Voice Reader, has recently inclded that as a font choice in its iOS app.
Developed by designer Christian Boer, who also has dyslexia, the Dyslexie font changes the look of several letters that typically get rotated or mistaken, making them look a bit more like handwritten letters, which has been shown in a couple of independent studies as beneficial to reading fluency for people with dyslexia.
vBookz PDF Voice Reader is already used by many folks with various reading issues, including blind users and those with various motor and learning ability levels. It allows users to import PDFs and other eBook formats into its own app, which looks a lot like iBooks, and then uses a fairly robust text-to-speech engine to read that text aloud.
Now, the app has added the Dyslexie font, making it a must-have app for anyone who has dyslexia. Using the text-to-speech function, plus the new Dyslexie font provides what experts call a “bi-modal input” system, itself shown to dramatically improve the reading fluency, speed, and comprehension of those with print disabilities, including dyslexia.
It’s fantastic to see such an app flourish and improve, as iOS devices become better and better able to enable all users, not just the ones who don’t have a disability yet.
vBookz PDF Voice Reader is available as a universal app in the App Store for $4.99 right now, with a free update that includes the new font available for free to current users.
Source: App Store.