Learning disability charity, United Response, has published the latest edition of its easy read news publication, ‘Easy News’.
The 15th edition of the publication features news including the results of the General Election, the earthquakes in Nepal and the birth of Princess Charlotte.
Diane Lightfoot, Director of Policy and Communications at United Response, said: “The new edition of Easy News is a credit to our consultants, who have followed and translated complicated coverage to create smooth but meaningful news stories.
“United Response is committed to ensuring that people with learning disabilities and mental health needs are considered by the Government as part of any changes that may affect them and empowering this disenfranchised group to learn more about politics and current affairs is an important part of realising that aim.”
In recent months, the magazine has supported Every Vote Counts, a major campaign by the charity designed to make politics accessible to all and to encourage all of the main political parties to commit to publishing easy read manifestos.
Following the election, this latest edition has summarised the results and simplified complex language to ensure that people with learning disabilities and mental health needs can better understand the voting process and its outcomes.
A free bi-monthly magazine, Easy News, makes news more accessible and easier to understand for people with learning disabilities. Since its launch in early 2013, Easy News magazine has continued to grow with 90% of readers saying it was easier to understand than other news sources while 78% felt that politics was now relevant to their lives, compared to 31% a year before.