Accessibility – Designing for users with dyslexia

Here is the last of the 6 posters which are focused on Accessibility.

Today’s poster is:

Designing for users with dyslexia

Do

  • use images and diagrams to support text
  • align text to the left and keep a consistent layout
  • consider producing materials in other formats (for example, audio and video)
  • keep content short, clear and simple
  • let users change the contrast between background and text

Don’t

  • use large blocks of heavy text
  • underline words, use italics or write capitals
  • force users to remember things from previous pages – give reminders and prompts
  • rely on accurate spelling – use autocorrect or provide suggestions
  • put too much information in one place

 

View poster for dyslexia

 

The posters being shared are created by Karwai Pun and are from accessibility.blog.gov.uk.  There are currently six posters in the series and are general guidelines when it comes to the “do’s and don’ts” of accessibility.

Have a great weekend!!

2 comments

    • Peter on January 11, 2019 at 10:23 am

    In large part this discussion sounds a lot like an implementation of “Universal Design” eg good design principles make for better design regardless of the user’s abilities. As an example, you’ll notice that at pedestrian crossings on roadways there is often a break and ramp in the curb that allows for the use of assistive devices such as wheel chairs and walkers but also makes accessibility better for all pedestrians.

    1. Peter, Yes, you are correct. I have found that in all cases, designing for accessibility benefits everyone, not just those with disabilities.

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