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New edition of Easy News includes accessible guide to EU Referendum

votingA special edition of accessible magazine Easy News has been published, which includes an easy read summary of the forthcoming EU Referendum.

This is the sixth special edition of Easy News, which is published by disability charity United Response and aims to make news and current affairs easier to understand for the 1.5 million people with learning disabilities in the UK; many of whom find traditional sources of news complex and difficult to understand.

Easy News removes the jargon, rhetoric and opinion from the political debate surrounding the Referendum. By using simple words and images, the special issue explains the key arguments for the ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’ and ‘Vote Leave’ campaigns, along with outlining what the referendum is, and what the EU does, so that people with learning disabilities can be better informed and engaged in the debate ahead of the vote on Thursday, June 23.

Each magazine is translated by the UR Consultants, a group of people with learning disabilities, all of whom are supported and employed by the charity.

United Response has campaigned over a number of years to open up the democratic process to people with learning disabilities by creating and delivering the tools needed to enable this disenfranchised group to use their legal right to vote.

Easy News was originally created to keep the interest in politics and current affairs generated by United Response’s Every Vote Counts campaign. A key tool in the campaign is the dedicated website which provides un-biased, easy to understand information covering all aspects of the democratic process, including up-to-date details about the EU Referendum.

To download the free Easy News Special and to find out more about the magazine go to: www.unitedresponse.org.uk/easy-news

To find out more about United Response’s Every Vote Counts campaign go to: www.unitedresponse.org.uk/every-vote-counts

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