Happy Halloween from the Easy Read Online team!
Here’s a roundup of all the work we’ve done in the last month…
Awareness in October
October saw many impactful awareness events and global campaigns, all united in their mission to speak up on important issues. Notable for Easy Read Online was #WorldMentalHealthDay, which we actively express our solidarity with.
We believe equal access to information plays a pivotal role in
connecting people with disabilities with the vital support needed to improve their mental health. Our Easy Read translation of many documents related to mental health services enables people with learning disabilities to find and understand the help they need.
UN Disability Inclusion Strategy Report
In 2019, the United Nations shared its Disability Inclusion Strategy - a policy and accountability framework that details how the UN will include people with disabilities in its workforce and all pillars of its work. In October, we were delighted to translate the annual strategy report into Easy Read for the 4th time. The Easy Read report is an effective way of accessibly sharing progress, holding true to the values of the strategy. You can check out the report here:
In October we also produced an important Easy Read report for Ofsted which outlines the key results from their consultation with children in social care. The report highlights a significant improvement in the safety of children and young people in their social care environment, including those with extra educational needs. You can read the report here:
The I Need Easy Read Campaign
The "I Need Easy Read Campaign" group recently had a productive meeting with our co-producers at Mencap, who gave us feedback on our campaign website - which we promptly actioned! As a result, our website has undergone some accessibility changes and is now even available in the Welsh language. You can explore these updates on our campaign website:
Following a positive reception from the public when sharing our "I Need Easy Read" leaflets, our campaign's next steps include widening our outreach and exploring new ways of raising campaign awareness, such as working with local radio stations.
Easy Read Development
We enthusiastically welcomed Karen White as an Easy Read technical writer to our team this month. Karen has fast become an invaluable member of the group, bringing fresh ideas and new outlooks which are already filtering into our work processes and improving them.
On Wednesday 8th November we will be closed for a team training day. We will be looking at potential improvements to our Easy Read work, such as reviewing and critiquing our document design. We will also assess our internal work systems, which will involve an ‘Overcoming Obstacles’ workshop and an evaluation of our company values.
That’s all from us for this month. We wish you a good November!
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