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For Dyslexics, One Sheet Doesn't Fit All



Back in December we told you about a customizable D&D character sheet designed for those with dyslexia.


The International Dyslexia Association defines the condition as "a cluster of symptoms which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading." Many people with dyslexia describe what they see as juxtaposed, transposed, "flipped, rotated" letters, commonly experienced with letters with similar strokes (like lowercase m's, r's and n's).


As with any other neurodiverse condition, there are tools a dyslexic person can utilize to help with day-to-day activities - such as text-to-speech screen readers for computers and smartphones.


In our interview with @axellesnobody and Keith Ringer, co-creators of the customizable character sheet, we learn that there's no "one size fits all" solution for all dyslexics. Just as each person may struggle with certain words, letters and numbers, some accessibility tools and tricks have varying degrees of success.


Fonts are the number one source of variance between those with dyslexia - some swear by the pay-what-you-want OpenDyslexic font, whereas axelles tells us that they prefer Comic Sans.


Accessible character sheets are not a revolutionary idea - Marcus Downing's sheets for D&D 3.5, Pathfinder and Starfinder have been around for some time. Downing's creations are also open-source, but for those who want a less detail-heavy way to track their character's progress, these custom sheets may be right up your alley.


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