When it comes to user-interface design, accessibility and usability are one of the most important principles to keep in mind. While there’s a plethora of fancy customization apps out there for spicing up your iOS experience, very few actually tackle the problems at hand faced by a large number of people with some degree or sort of reading disability. DyslexiaKey is one such app that targets those iOS users who are effected by Dyslexia.
Dyslexia and other reading disorders aren’t as uncommon as you might think. According to the International Dyslexia Association, nearly 15-20% people suffer from this disorder to some degree. And although you might not realize it, that’s a lot of visually impaired people, looking for accessibility apps to ease their difficulty in reading.
Ativ Patel, one of the developer behind this app says;
Keyboard extensions are a very unique opportunity because a custom keyboard carries throughout all iOS experiences and third party applications, meaning that one of our keyboards can become part of your daily life and possibly every time you type on your iPhone. There’s no reason why there shouldn’t be a keyboard for those with dyslexia, seeing how it’s one of the most common learning difficulties.
People with dyslexia often unconsciously switch, rotate and mirror letters in their minds. Unfortunately, traditional typefaces don’t make it better. This is because these fonts base certain letter designs on others (like b and d or p and q), inadvertently creating “twin letters” that can confuse people with the disorder.
To help with this problem, DyslexiaKey uses letters that have heavy weighted bottoms to emphasize their direction. This helps dyslexics figure out which part of the letter is is down, and they are hence likelier to recognize the correct letters.
This feature also helps reinforce the line of text, as the unique shapes of each letter can help prevent confusion as a result of flipping and swapping
The app is freely available to download from the iTunes link below.
The developers are continually bringing improvements to this app. Features like auto-correct, word suggestions etc. can add even more potential.
Do you know anyone who suffers from Dyslexia? Recommend this app to them now! Also let us know about your experiences in the comments section below.