According to Scope:

The social model of disability says that disability is caused by the way society is organised, rather than by a person’s impairment or difference. It looks at ways of removing barriers that restrict life choices for disabled people. When barriers are removed, disabled people can be independent and equal in society, with choice and control over their own lives.

Or, as Mik Scarlet puts it:

“If the world was more accessible, I would be less disabled.”

One of the biggest barriers for people who have a learning disability is being given written information that they cannot understand.

Putting written information in easy read makes it easier to understand for people who have a learning disability, and therefore removes the barrier to a service.

It will also benefit other groups of people, such as those who speak English as their second language, and make services more accessible to everyone.

We asked My Life My Choice members: Why should people put information in easy read?

“So we can read it!” said Dawn. “Sorry, what else was I supposed to say?”

“Because it’s easier to understand,” said Graham. “Easy read gives you exactly what it means. If something isn’t in easy read people will get confused and not read it.”

“So we can understand it better and it makes sense,” says Pam. “So people with eyesight problems and learning disabilities can actually read it and understand what’s going on.”

It’s so simple to create easy read versions of forms or information, and can make such a huge difference.

If people can’t read the information you give them, they won’t know what you want them to know. Put things in easy read, and they will. Easy.

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