Design and Disorders
As a designer, we always have to care about the users, where, how, and when they use the product and ask this question; are they including people with disabilities? but how many types of disabilities are there which we know. in this article I'm going to talk about a disorder called Dyslexia.
What is Dyslexia
A learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading and occurs in children with normal vision and intelligence. Symptoms include late talking, learning new words slowly, and a delay in learning to read. Most children with dyslexia can succeed in school with tutoring or a specialized education program.
Dyslexics have superpowers
Dyslexic persons are stronger than ordinary people in Imagination, Thinking ( ending up overthinking often), daydreaming, visualization, etc. for more precise people like Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein were diagnosed with Dyslexia, no doubt there are not alone, between 10 to 20 percent of people are Dyslexic but just 3% of them know.
Best UX for Dyslexics
Since I am a product designer and Dyslexic it’s not hard to talk about it
1. Always let to zoom in on pages
there are some tools to read a text easier and better as Magnifier or the ability to pinch on the screen or laptop’s touchpad
2. Mind the line heights
for a dyslexic person, it’s sometimes hard to read a paragraph with lines that are close together
3. Listening is easier
however, dyslexics easily get distracted but that's easier to listen to or watch except reading.
4. forgetting words
If you want to teach something to your users or name your new product you should be aware that dyslexics easily forget words with more than 2 syllables and even if they learn, probably forget it in few days
some of the options that have been mentioned are typically using on digital products without knowing the reason, but if you know why you should add those features to your product, it makes you feel better because many people have a better experience and that would be your effect :)