Easy News

Easy News is the first news magazine designed to be accessible for people with learning disabilities.

Politics and the news are often inaccessible to people with learning disabilities because of the use of jargon and difficult language - that's why we decided to create an easy read news magazine.

Easy News uses simplified text and useful pictures to provide people with learning disabilities with easy to understand, politically neutral summaries of key news stories and events.

The stories are selected and translated by UR Consultants, a group of people with learning disabilities and autism who are experts in easy read communication.

Here, United Response President Martyn Lewis CBE discusses the birth of Easy News:


Who reads Easy News – and why?

Easy News has a regular readership of around 4,600 people, and four out of five say that it is their primary source of news.

Subscribers include local authorities, schools, libraries, other charities, people with learning disabilities and their carers, and – of course – our own services across England and Wales. Easy News readers hail from all corners of the globe, spanning from Guernsey and New York to Hong Kong and Canada.

Since its launch in 2013, the magazine has gone from strength to strength. 90% of Easy News readers have told us it is easier to understand than other news sources, while 78% now feel that politics is relevant to their lives, compared with 31% in 2014.

And don’t just take it from us! Easy News received a prestigious nod from the third sector when it scooped the top prize for outstanding education and training at the Charity Awards 2014 for its innovation.

Get Easy News

Easy News is published every two months and focuses on the biggest news stories of those months. It is available in print and online.

  Download Easy News issue 15 as a PDF (June 2015)

 Download Easy News issue 13 as a PDF (February 2015)
 Download Easy News issue 12 as a PDF (December 2014)


Back issues

Other special editions

We published an easy read summary of the key points of the 7 main political parties’ manifestos ahead of the General Election 2015:

  Download the Easy News Party Manifesto Special (April 2015) as a PDF

We produced an easy read guide to the results of the Scottish Referendum in September 2014:


We produced an easy read guide to the Budget announced mid-March 2014:


We produced an Easy News election special on the EU elections in May 2014:


Sign up to receive regular copies

We do both an online version and print version of Easy News. To request printed editions, email easynews@unitedresponse.org.uk.

Subscribe here to receive a PDF of the latest edition direct to your email inbox: Subscribe to Easy News

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