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LAYOUT ORGANIZATION

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

  • Remember that one type of adaptation don’t fit all DYS
  • Once chosen a code try to be consistent with it
  • Set up right environment in the classroom
  • Provide an outline of lesson and the summary
  • Give clear instructions and try to avoid metaphors

TYPOGRAPHY

Many learners with Dys will prefer a larger font, at 14 points (not larger)

It is recommended to use a plain, evenly spaced sans serif font such as Arial and Comic Sans. Other possibilities: Verdana, Tahoma, Century Gothic and Trebuchet

Check OpenDyslexic, free to use font which was
created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia.

CONTRASTING

The background color of classroom materials can have a big impact on accessibility for Dys learners, so producing handouts on pastel-background paper might be helpful. Here are few eye friendly, pastel colors to consider:

PICTURES

Here is an example of a simple task and 2 pictures that could be used to pursue it. It is important to use a good picture with clear lines.

Task: name all the provinces of Belgium on the map.
Use pictures that are clear to read:

SPACING

Use books and photocopies with large spaces between the lines and the paragraphs (line spacing of 1.5 is preferable).

For younger students separate text visually with a color.

Example:
High above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Happy Prince. He was gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold, for eyes he had two bright sapphires, and a large red ruby glowed on his sword-hilt.





ADDITIONAL TIPS

  • Don't use italics and underlining as these tend to make the text appear to "run" together. To emphasize a part of the text it’s better to use bold instead.
  • Put important information in the boxes or present as bullet points.
  • The words in the text should not be cut. If they are, it should be syllables by syllables.
  • The text should not be justified. The recommended way is to align the content with the left margin.
  • If you print the material – avoid recto-verso.

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