Easy Read is a way of communicating information using straightforward language, clear sentence structure, and supporting pictures. It assists people with learning disability (formerly known as intellectual disability) to understand written information. Easy Read can also make information accessible for others who find standard written information hard, such as English language learners, those with low levels of literacy, and some deaf or older people.
Easy Read is an interpretation, not a direct word for word translation, and is distinct from Plain English. While it uses some aspects of Plain English as a starting point, it is a specialised form of communication. Easy Read sets standards not just for wording but for page layout, font, and accompanying images.
Alternate formats like Easy Read can help your organisation to meet their obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the Accessibility Charter.