The campaigns of both camps battling for your vote in the EU Referendum on 23 June are beginning to gather pace, and daily coverage of the debate is dominating the news as polling day draws closer.

The websites of Britain Stronger in Europe and Vote Leave, the officially designated lead organisations are up and running. Political big hitters from both camps are standing in front of news cameras and arguing the case for leaving or staying in the Europe Union, whilst armies of volunteers and supporters are knocking on doors to try and drum up support from the British public.

At United Response we are stepping up our Every Vote Counts campaign to make information about the EU referendum and the voting process easier to understand for the 1.5 million adults in the UK who have a learning disability.

News Correspondent finds out the facts

Messages, information and news about the European Union and the referendum can be confusing and inaccessible for everybody.

Our News Correspondent, David Allkins, has been out and about, looking into the EU Referendum, talking about accessible information, and finding out exactly how much the average person in the street actually knows about what the European Union does.

David also questioned two politicians at the UK and European Union level, who had different opinions on Britain’s place within the EU.

Watch David’s latest report on our Every Vote Counts Campaign and the EU referendum here:


United Response has also contacted Vote Leave and Britain Stronger in Europe, to ask if they will make accessible information available to people with a learning disability, so as to engage and include this important section of the electorate.

Our Every Vote Counts Tweets and Facebook posts from United Response’s social media output are directing followers and similar organisations towards our dedicated Every Vote Counts website, which provides this accessible information to help people with a learning disability find out the facts for themselves.

We want voters with a learning disability to check that they are registered to vote and get onto the electoral register by the deadline of 7 of June, so they can exercise their democratic right and vote in the referendum on 23 June.

Find out how to register to vote by 7 June

We’re also keen for people with a learning disability and those who support them, to take a look at our accessible information on what referendums are, and get informed about what the European Union is all about.

Most of all, we want all adults with a learning disability to take up their democratic right, and use this information to participate in this important decision for the whole of the UK population.  

Easy News EU Referendum Special out now!

The team behind our award-winning easy read current affairs magazine, Easy News, have been busy preparing a one-off edition dedicated to the EU referendum which is out this week.

This special edition covers how to register to vote, what referendums are, what the European Union does and the arguments being put forward by the remain and leave campaigns, all presented in our usual unbiased and accessible format.  

We want to give voters with a learning disability a detailed breakdown of issues to consider when voting in the referendum.

To get your copy, or if you want to let someone know about the referendum special, you can subscribe to Easy News, or download a free copy here.

Download Easy News EU Referendum Special

People with disabilities have the same legal right to vote as everyone else, and just as much to lose or gain from the collective decision Britain makes about membership of the European Union.

United Response wants people with a learning disability to have enough accessible information to make an informed decision about whether Britain should remain part of the EU, and to encourage all eligible voters to take part so that their voice is heard on the 23 June.

John JC Cooper, campaigns and public affairs manager.