Ai-Media’s live captioning service provides access to the spoken word and can help support people with dyslexia thanks to caption being available in the OpenDyslexic font.

The OpenDyslexic font was specifically designed to help mitigate the effects of dyslexia – by adding weighting to the base of letters and increasing letter spacing, text becomes easier to read. Readers are able to more quickly identify and order words since the font helps prevent letters such as ‘p’ and ‘d’ being rotated in their heads. The weighted bottom can also help readers avoid losing the line they’re reading, and the unique letter shapes help prevent confusion.

According to research in the Lancet, the condition affects around 7% of the global population. Dyslexia literally means “trouble with words” and describes difficulties with spelling, writing and reading. It has a strong effect on information processing, which means dyslexic people may have memory and comprehension difficulties, especially in word-based situations.

No two people will be affected by dyslexia in exactly the same way, and as such there is no cure for the condition. But certain techniques and technical aids can manage and even conceal symptoms. Research published in the Scientific American journal suggests that specially tailored fonts can assist people with dyslexia and decrease the number of errors made while reading.

While dyslexic people are visual learners and may appear to struggle academically, they often have strong creative and problem solving skills. People such as Pablo Picasso, Erin Brockovich, Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein are famous examples of bright, intelligent and creative people who are dyslexic.

In addition to the OpenDyslexic font, assistive technology (such as voice recognition, mind mapping and screen reading software) can be useful for people with dyslexia. Universities all over the world are increasingly working with their students to find the most effective assistive technologies and alternative study techniques to suit their individual needs.

 To discover more about captions for students with dyslexia, contact us.

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