Sometimes it is useful to produce printed materials with Braille or Sign Language Fonts. This page serves as a resource of free fonts. A good source for ASL (Mac and Windows) fonts is University of Oregon Yamada Language Center Sign font page or Luc Devroye Sign language font page . A good source for Braille (Mac and Windows) fonts is Luc Devroye braille font page .
Note: all font files are self-extracting zip files. After downloading, execute (double-click) the file, then copy the font file into your font directory.
APHont - embodies characteristics that have been shown to enhance reading speed, comprehension, and comfort for large print users.
- Braille Swell Paper font Braille-Swell.ttf (7k) from Duxbury Systems
- Braille True Type font with shadow (place holder) dots simbrl.exe (40k) from Duxbury Systems
- Braille True Type font braille.exe (68k) from Duxbury Systems
- Braille True Type font rnibbrl.exe (40k) from RNIB (no shadow dots)
- Adobe Postscript (Type 1) font with and without shadow dots braille1.exe (55k) [Note: you must have Adobe Type Manager to use this font]
- Braille Kiama True Type font (no shadow dots) brlkiama.exe (46k)
Note: Braille Kiama at the 20 point size is excellent for use with Swell paper
- WOW! 3-D braille font , looks like raised dots (no shadow dots) 3dbraille.exe(47.5k) from France -includes the letter "W"
- Another True Type Braille font (no shadow dots) Braillettf.exe (44k) from France -includes the letter "W"
- Braille Font with shadow dots abraille.exe (47.5K) from Urban Fonts - Astigmatic One Eye Foundry Fonts .
- Tiger Embosser Braille29 font from ViewPlus Technologies (install the driver, Tiger Braille Fonts for many languages are available)
- ghBraille and MathSpeak fonts
Sign Language Fonts
- American sign language True Type font from Gallaudet gal.exe (71k)
- Sign language True Type font from France handsign.exe (57k)
- Another Sign font from France signes.exe (99.5k)
- Lapiak ASL Font
OS X (10.5+) has the following braille fonts permanently installed in /System/Library/Fonts
- Apple Braille Outline 6 Dot.ttf
- Apple Braille Outline 8 Dot.ttf
- Apple Braille Pinpoint 6 Dot.ttf
- Apple Braille Pinpoint 8 Dot.ttf
Unicode Braille Fonts
- Braille (UBraille.ttf)
- Deja Vu Sans (a large font with lots of scripts)
- Gallery of Unicode Fonts: Braille
- gh ASCII and Unicode Braille (from MathSpeak, includes other fonts from Nemeth and other uses)
Braille Fonts only for Macs pre-OS X
- Duxbury Braille Fonts duxbraille.sit (38k)
- Braille Font File: braille.hqx (39k)
- Braille Font with shadow (place holder) dots abraille.sit.hqx (15K) from Astigmatic One Eye Font Foundry