As the 19th issue of Easy News is published, results from the latest readership survey reveal that people with learning disabilities are more engaged, thanks to the accessible news service.

United Response first launched Easy News back at the beginning of 2013 in a bid to give people with learning disabilities, and anyone else who wanted to, the opportunity to find out about world events, in order to gain a greater understanding of current affairs and how politics affects our everyday lives.

Easy News aims to encourage discussion around news stories and keep readers informed by simplifying the complex language that is often used in mainstream news, which some can find off putting.  

Fantastic survey results

We recently carried out a survey of our Easy News readership to gain feedback on the service. The results reveal that 99% of them feel they have a better understanding of what is happening in the world, whilst 97% are now able to discuss current news events. A further 93% of respondents feel they are taking a greater interest in politics.

Diane Lightfoot, Director of Policy and Communications at United Response, said:

“The response from our latest readership survey encourages us to continue making the news, current affairs and politics accessible to as many people as possible."

She went on to say:

“Easy News has always aimed to deliver a varied range of news stories, in order to make the news accessible for the thousands of people with learning disabilities who have found themselves excluded from public debate in the past, and this latest edition is no exception.”

In this edition

The 19th issue of Easy News features news of Tim Peake, the first British man in space, and the global warming agreement by world leaders. It also offers an outline of what the European referendum means and details of the Junior Doctors’ strike. 

Each issue has a variety of quick news stories and this month’s edition includes an update on the Government’s “Bedroom Tax”, along with information about the big sporting events taking place this year, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Download Issue 19 of Easy News

Xanthe Breen, press manager.