“We need to get past the ‘one size fits all’ thinking.
Lexend is not just the font, it’s also a tool like a pair of glasses
that can be specifically measured to create the optimum outcome.”
~ Dr. Bonnie Shaver-Troup
What is so special about the Lexend fonts?
These free fonts were designed specifically to adjust to each individual’s visual needs. Dr. Bonnie Shaver-Troup, an educational therapist, began the Lexend Project in 2000. Her original motivation to design these seven fonts was to support struggling readers and those with dyslexia. However, along the way research has found that these fonts reduce visual stress for everyone and therefore, improve everyone’s reading performance. The bottom line is that this is an easy way to help yourself and also your students whether or not they have dyslexia or another reading issue. For more information about these fonts see the Lexend Project’s webpage.
How do I add Lexend fonts?
Watch this video (0:49 secs) to see how to add Lexend fonts in Google Docs. After you select a version of this font that works best for you, e.g. Lexend deca or Lexend normal, then you can set it as your default font in Google Docs and Slides. [How to change your default font videos for Google Docs (2:09 mins) and Google Slides (2:37 mins).]
You can use Lexend in Word or Adobe products as well as other text applications by downloading the fonts from this Google Fonts web page. (Once you are on the page, you will find the download button in the lower right-hand corner.) If you need instructions on how to install fonts on your computer, see one of the web pages below.
You may also reach out to the ITS Service Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-587-6395) for help with installing these fonts.