Easy Read for the United Nations International Labour Organisation

We worked closely with the ILO to deliver an Easy Read document.


When the International Labour Organisation (ILO) required an Easy Read document covering Zambia’s National Policy on Disability, they sought out one of the world’s top specialists. CDS was awarded the work. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN). 

The Zambian government wanted to reach as many people as possible with this document. The Zambian people, both disabled and non-disabled needed to be made aware of the rights of people with disabilities. 

In 2017, CDS completed the National Policy on Disability Easy Read document for the ILO. 

What we did

ILOThe CDS editorial team translated Zambia’s National Policy on Disability into Easy Read. A 60-page policy document was translated into a 28-page Easy Read document with words and images. Any complicated words or phrases are defined in a word list at the back of the document. 

The body text is written in 14-point font size making it accessible for most people to read. The CDS design team produced several illustrations to complement the text. Easy Read is a system that combines images and words, using tested design principles, to clarify meaning.

The results

ILODespite the distance separating us, CDS and the ILO worked well together. After the ILO had signed off the project CDS provided a print-ready PDF and a tagged and bookmarked PDF for their website.

The Disability Policy has been put on the ILO website and already received appreciation and valuable feedback from the Zambian Ministry and the public. You can view the document here:


About the ILO

The ILO’s main aims are to:

  • promote rights at work
  • encourage decent employment opportunities
  • enhance social protection, and 
  • strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues

ILOThe ILO try to get better working conditions for women and men which results in freedom, equity, security and human dignity. 

By promoting social justice and internationally recognised human and labour rights, the ILO continues to pursue its founding mission that labour peace is essential to prosperity.

They help advance the creation of good jobs and economic and working conditions that give working people and business people a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress.

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