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Growing up a few decades ago, we were taught that people with dyslexia got letters mixed up and often had trouble reading and spelling. Dyslexia is much more interesting and complex than swapping a “b” for a “d,” although that’s part of it: kids and adults with dyslexia actually see letters as 3D objects. The letter swapping/switching comes in because so many letters in our alphabet look similar and piggyback off one another in form and design. A  designer with dyslexia used these insights to create his own font to help children and adults differentiate between the letters and thus be able to read more effectively. The typeface, called Dyslexie, adds or accentuates differences between the letters to make them easier to identify. For example, the “mouth” of the letter “c” is widened so that it looks less similar from “e” and the bottoms of letters have a bolder, more defined bottom so that it’s less challenging to decide which end is right side up. Dyslexie also adds distance between words and letters, slants certain letters or parts of letters to distinguish them from others that are similar looking (such as “i” and “j”) and makes capital letters bold to illustrate where a new sentence begins. Dyslexie is now being used around the world to help people with dyslexia learn to read and also to help them determine if they might have dyslexia in the first place. Individuals can download sample pages to see if Dyslexie makes a difference in their reading and also try out the font on their computer for free to determine if it helps them. There are also versions available for schools and businesses. Considering that more than 50% of NASA’s employees are dyslexic ( that 3D and spatial awareness apparently comes in handy when trying to imagine out-of-this-world scenarios), we suggest that the space organization buy in to this cool font. It’s estimated that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia and the vast majority don’t even know it. Dyslexie is helping people determine if dyslexia is a potential cause of their reading woes — and it’s effectively serving those who have already identified as dyslexic. Learning to read is a beloved and celebrated rite of passage, but it can be a frustrating and tear-filled exercise. Dyslexie taps into the unique perspective and spatial abilities of people with dyslexia to make that rite less of a challenge and more of an integrated and intuitive experience.

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