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Video Interlude: A Typeface For Dyslexics

Research by the University of Twente indicates that the typeface decreases reading errors by dyslexics. (A typeface for dyslexics) Via Kottke.

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Very Interesting! I have seen a movie on this Problem. The suggestion giving here is useful even i have seen this problem my around side.

Cool. I believe it. I don't quite understand the description of the validaating study; were the dyslexics and controls given training on the new typeface? How much? And, did the errors of the normal readers increase, or what?

This brings back a high-stakes testing memory, from 1987! My 8 year old reversed letters when he wrote. His Brookline, MA, elementary school was afraid they were about to suffer the disgrace of having a third grader fail a state writing test, and it seemed like the whole school mobilized against this threat. I let them test him, and panic ensued. He's terrifyingly gifted (he has a PhD in computational biology now), and there was no action plan for such results. Somebody suggested there was some kind of Attention Surfeit Disorder at the other end of the ADH spectrum, and they could try medicating him.

A gifted and talented expert came in, and laughed at them. "Teach him to write cursive, we see this all the time." It took about a week.

I feel kind of lazy - maybe somebody can put up the link to a scholrly presentation in English, so I don't have to track it down.

It could be made available immediately as a computer typefce, and we could just click on it and print. I'd use it in a heartbeat, with my 16 year olds.

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