Easy Read accessible communications

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Easy Read format for accessible communications

CDS can translate even the most complex information into easy-to-read and easy-to-understand language, and help you satisfy all your accessibility duties.

Easy Read ensures public information is accessible to everyone, including disabled people. While there are commercial reasons why you’d want to reach all your potential clients, there are also legal reasons; e.g. if you fail to provide accessible information, disabled people can sue!

You can meet your legal duty in many ways – such as in Braille, large print and audio CD; and in straightforward and easy to understand language for people with learning disabilities or low literacy.

CDS can help your organisation meet all its accessibility duties:

  • CDS Digital will ensure your website meets the most up-to-date accessibility standards – link to appropriate page.
  • CDS Creative will ensure your information – whether computer-based or printed – is accessible to everyone.

CDS has developed two Easy-Read styles. A style for people with learning disabilities, presenting key points in simple language supported by colourful images for people to read alone or with a helper; and a low-literacy style presenting information in clear, easy-to-understand words supported by bespoke illustrations. And you can transform both styles into accessible PDFs for website use.

We can help you create large print versions of your information; arrange translation to any language (including Braille), and present your information on audio disc.

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Case Study: Central London Community Healthcare

The objective

Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) wanted to find out what local people thought could make access to their services fairer. They had developed an e-questionnaire for most of their users, but were aware a sizeable number of people would not understand the questionnaire.

CLCH came to CDS because they had seen examples of CDS’ easy read products and thought the style would work well for them.

The solution

CDS easy read editors broke down the original questionnaire, extracting the most important elements of each question and translating them into simple and easy-to-understand language and format.

Results

Our graphic designers supplied original artwork to support the easy read text.

The easy read consultation questionnaire to develop our Equality Objectives and the subsequent booklet in easy read were excellent. The tailored pictures and content has improved our communication with our patients, and we were pleased with [CDS’] expertise and knowledge of producing information that could be easily read by a wide range of people.

Lesley Soden, Head of Equality & Human Rights

Central London Community Healthcare

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Case Study: Department for Communities and Local Government

The objective

The Department for Communities and Local Government wanted an Easy-Read version of the ‘Fire Safety in the Home’ booklet to support a national fire safety campaign.

Given that fire safety is such an important issue and affects everyone, the booklet had to be accessible to a wide audience including vulnerable people with learning difficulties.

The solution

DCLG provided the base text to our team of Easy-Read specialists - consisting of editors, illustrators, developers and designers. The team evaluated the text, considering the requirements and needs of the target audience.

After the analysis, the specialist team of Easy-Read editors rewrote the copy, using simple clear language to convey key messages and important fire safety instructions.

Our expert designers and illustrators worked with the editorial team to identify illustrations for each key message, using clear and accessible design principles to lay out each page.

Results

“Fire Safety in the Home” has been very well received by the target audience, and is now a model for the production of targeted Easy-Read leaflets. CDS has gone on to provide Easy-Read to a range of clients, including the Office for Disability Issues, for whom CDS has produced Easy-Read publications over the past five years.

We are very pleased with the Easy-Read document both in terms of content and presentation. It is of excellent quality.

Amy Lewis, Policy and Performance Manager

Greater Manchester Police

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Case Study: Greater Manchester Police

The objective

Greater Manchester Police wanted an Easy-Read version of their Integrated Equality Scheme to allow them to communicate what they are doing about equality and diversity. The document had to accessible to a wide and diverse audience including people with learning difficulties, people with whom English is not the first language and people with low literacy skills.

Greater Manchester Police wanted to work with a company that had the experience and expertise in the production of Easy-Read publications and importantly understood the requirements of the audience. They also wanted to work with a company that could work to a tight deadline.

The solution

The final publication has proved very successful and has allowed Greater Manchester Police to communicate important information on their equality and diversity plans and engage with vulnerable people. The Easy-Read document also allows the force to communicate their commitment and desire to work with people from diverse backgrounds.

ILO

United Nations ILO

The objective

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

The solution

In 2017, CDS completed the National Policy on Disability Easy Read document for the ILO. The CDS editorial team translated Zambia’s National Policy on Disability into Easy Read and a 60-page policy document was translated into a 28-page Easy Read document with words and images. 

The easy read consultation questionnaire to develop our Equality Objectives and the subsequent booklet in easy read were excellent. The tailored pictures and content has improved our communication with our patients, and we were pleased with [CDS’] expertise and knowledge of producing information that could be easily read by a wide range of people.

Lesley Soden, Head of Equality & Human Rights

Central London Community Healthcare

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