The following blog is by Aurora Betony. 

I am a dyslexic adult.  I write self-help resources for dyslexic adults.  My newest resource is a guide on how to write dyslexia-inclusive material.  This guide is not about how to design a dyslexia-inclusive document e.g. size of font, typeface, line spacing.  There’s already plenty of good guidance available on that[1].  My guide is about how to make the language of a written document accessible for dyslexic people.  My guide is in 2 sections:

  • Plain English e.g. sentence length, word length, choice of vocabulary.
  • Other aspects of language and style such as figures of speech, concrete communication and explicitness.

The guide is called ‘Writing for a Dyslexic Audience

With one exception, the sources I have used for ‘Writing for a Dyslexic Audience’ are by specialists in dyslexia or language.  I’ve pulled together their guidance in 1 resource for 2 reasons:

  • Ease of reference
  • No-one else has presented it all together, as guidance on how to write for a dyslexic audience.

[1] For designing your written material in a dyslexia-inclusive way, I recommend the following 3 resources: