The world’s first easy read news magazine, Easy News aims to inform people with disabilities about current affairs and how politics affects our lives, offering a summary of a number of key news stories using plain language and explanatory images.

The latest issue is out now.

In this edition:

The December edition of Easy News includes details of the Tower of London poppy display, the Band Aid 30 appeal and a round-up of the political party conferences.

Also included are a variety of quick news summaries, and this month’s edition includes news of the protests in Hong Kong and the first tweet sent by the Queen.

Easy News seeks to encourage debate around a broad range of stories and keep people informed by simplifying the complex language that can often put people off finding out more about the news.

When the magazine was first launched at the beginning of 2013, about 40% of people we surveyed could name a big news event; that number has since increased to 73%, highlighting the benefits of providing information in a clear and simple format.

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Easy News and Every Vote Counts

United Response champions the importance of easy read and believes that a greater understanding of the basic workings of politics and news breeds greater enthusiasm for political involvement.

That’s why we created Every Vote Counts, our campaign for accessible democratic information that was relaunched at the House of Commons on 25 November.

The campaign aims to support people with learning disabilities and mental health needs to exercise their right to vote at the next general election, and we have produced a set of accompanying easy read resources to encourage discussion about how to get involved in the democratic process.

We have also updated our dedicated Every Vote Counts website, which gives information in an easy read format on how politics affects us, as well as providing advice to supporters and politicians on how to ensure that disenfranchised groups are given the opportunity to learn more about politics.

If you would like to find out more about the campaign, or for details on how to support someone to use their vote, please sign up to our enewsletter.

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If you have any feedback or questions regarding the magazine, please email [email protected]

Gemma Taylor, media assistant.