Designing for the Learning Disabled continuation

  • Use visual illustrations - Present visual illustrations whenever appropriate and/or possible. Use pie charts or bar graphs when quoting statistics instead of simply discussing it in paragraph form or listing it down in tables.
  • Break information into small chunks - Bullet points are good. Avoid long sentences and paragraphs.
  • Good spacing - Use adequate spacing between lines of text as well as between paragraphs. The spacing between lines of text usually depends on the font used so make sure you use a font that is easy on the eyes.
  • Use CSS to increase the distance between:
  1. the text and underline in links - This may seem unimportant but for some with reading disabilities the underline could make it even harder to distinguish letter and read.
  2. the target area of navigation links - Just make sure that the target area is clear or very distinguishable from the other space surrounding it. Make the target are a different color because increasing the target area and leaving it a white space is not good in terms of usability. Plus it can be really irritating if people mistakenly click on the link even if the mouse is simply hovering on white space.
  • Provide a large print version of your page/documents - You can do this by making it easy to change font sizes. Just make sure that if you do this everything scales properly because it can even be more confusing if lines get broken and/or text ends up overlapping each other.

Go back