The latest edition of Easy News - the last full edition to be published ahead of the General Election - has now been published and features a mix of political, human interest and brief news stories.

As the world’s first easy read news magazine for people with learning disabilities, Easy News was created to give people with disabilities, and anyone else who wanted to, the opportunity to find out about the news to gain a greater understanding of current affairs and how politics affects our everyday lives.

Last month, the team behind Easy News, UR Consultants, were interviewed by Channel 4 News to explain the idea behind the magazine and to discuss how providing easy read information removes some of the barriers to voting faced by people with learning disabilities.

Speaking to Channel 4 News, UR Consultant Shanna said: “News is often too hard to understand as big words are used that are not very simple. I misunderstand what [politicians] are saying sometimes.”

Easy read political party manifestos coming soon

This is why we are working to create easy read versions of the five main political party manifestos, which have been launched this week. We want the people we support, and the other 1.5 million adults in the UK with a learning disability, to have the opportunity to read through the parties’ policies and promises, and make an informed decision on who they would like to vote for on 7 May.

There is still time to register to vote in time for the 20 April deadline so, if you are unsure if you or someone you support is on the electoral register, you can check on the about my vote website.

Get the latest edition of Easy News

To download the 14th edition of the magazine, head over to the Easy News page.

Or, to receive an online or print copy of Easy News, email easynews@unitedresponse.org.uk.

Gemma Taylor, media assistant.