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Print Guidelines

Even though low vision aids and technology can help people with vision impairment read normal size print, large print materials make it easier for people with impaired sight to access information. Large print brochures, handouts, medical instructions, literature and mail can help people with impaired sight maintain their independence

Here are a few things to consider when preparing materials:

Font size - 18-point print is an ideal font size for persons with visual impairment. Smaller print can be blurred while larger print is difficult to read for those with peripheral vision loss.

  • Large type is easier to read.
  • Small type is harder to read.
  • Spacing - Double-space the lines, if possible.
  • Choose a font that has effective letter spacing, not close letter spacing.
  • Font style - Avoid decorative fonts (decorative fonts) and italics (italics). Standard serif or sans-serif fonts are best. Times Roman or Universal Font styles are easy to read. Upper and lower case letters are easier to read than all capital letters (ALL CAPITAL LETTERS ARE DIFFICULT TO READ).


Contrast
- Text should be printed with the highest contrast possible. Light letters on a dark background are more readable than dark letters on a light background for many people.

Layout - Columns allow easier tracking and
minimize the loss of place when reading.

Paper - White non-glossy paper maximizes contrast without glare. Avoid bright or dark colored paper with black text.