Jason Carroll, Global Products Manager

Free Dyslexia Font

Last week a colleague asked me if there was a way to access the OpenDyslexic dyslexia font that is included in the iReadWrite iPad App in other programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, etc… Turns out that several others had the same question so I thought a blog post on the topic may be helpful.  This also works out great time-wise because October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month.

If you are not familiar with OpenDyslexic, it is basically a font that is designed to help readers with Dyslexia.  The font can be found at OpenDyslexic.org. According to the site,

OpenDyslexic is created to help with some of the symptoms of dyslexia. Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to indicate direction. You are able to quickly figure out which part of the letter is down which 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.

Open Dyslexic Font

Now that you know what the font is, here is how to access it…

1. Visit www.OpenDyslexic.org

2. Click “Download Now” to be taken to the download page.  Here you will see several versions of the font (bold, italic, etc.) and a download button.  Clicking the download button will download a zipped folder with all font variations.

3. Unzip the folder to see the list of fonts.

4. Simply double click a font to view it.  Click the install button in the viewer to add the font to your computer.

That’s it!  The font should now appear in common desktop applications such as Microsoft Word.

Find out more about how dyslexia software can help people struggling with dyslexia.



jess 10/16/2020 10:48:33 PM
I downloaded the font, but it does not appear in word for me. What are the additional steps I need to take to get the font to appear in Microsoft word.

Deena Kimmel 10/19/2020 12:08:38 PM
Hi Jess - We would recommend reaching out to the folks at OpenDyslexic. They'll be able to help you get set up! Thanks!

Lorelei 9/20/2020 5:21:03 PM
Thank you, writing children's books with this font very kind of you to make it free :)

Catherine 3/12/2020 3:42:37 PM
Thank you for this free font! I'm using it in a presentation on Dyslexia! Was easy to download and switch out.

Glenn Gordon 2/4/2020 4:28:32 PM
Another deliberate attempt to exploit those in need. This is NOT Free, so I am reporting this site as false and fraudulent.

Deena Kimmel 2/10/2020 1:38:33 PM
Hi Glenn! The dyslexia font within Read&Write is still free. We just added it to our Simplify Tool/Page. You can also get the OpenDyslexic font as a Google Chrome Extension here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/opendyslexic-font-for-chr/cdnapgfjopgaggbmfgbiinmmbdcglnam?hl=en. Thanks!

Peppermint Forest Wilder 1/2/2020 5:58:48 PM
Can i easily download on apple MacBook and iPad?

Deena Kimmel 1/3/2020 1:21:39 PM
Within this FAQ, you can find details about downloading on different devices: https://opendyslexic.org/index.php/faq. Thanks!

Heather R Mikkelsen 11/5/2019 4:40:52 PM
Thanks for making this available! My son's was diagnosed with Dyslexia in February and we've been trying our best to figure out what we can put in place to make reading make sense. We saw a abc11 local story about dyslexic comics and learned about this special font. We've since reached out to his IEP teacher who hadn't heard of it and his teacher as well. They are both very open to using and printing out all his assignments in this font. Looking forward to using it ourselves, thank you!

leeann 9/6/2019 3:16:14 PM
Hello Thank you so much for this great "tool" in our tool belt for the students. I see it appears in Word but does it not show up for any Google applications?

Thank you

Deena Kimmel 9/9/2019 8:51:24 PM
Hi Leeann - It looks like you can download the font for Google through the Chrome Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/opendyslexic-font-for-chr/cdnapgfjopgaggbmfgbiinmmbdcglnam?hl=en.





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