The national disability charity, United Response, has published an easy read summary covering the forthcoming EU Referendum. 

The summary is the sixth special edition of Easy News, an award winning accessible magazine created by United Response to make news and current affairs easier to understand for the 1.5 million people with learning disabilities in the UK; many of whom find traditional sources of news complex and difficult to understand.  

This special issue of Easy News removes the jargon, rhetoric and opinion from the political debate surrounding the EU Referendum.  By using simple words and images, the special issue explains the key arguments for the “Britain Stronger in Europe” and “Vote Leave” campaigns, along with outlining what the referendum is, and what the EU does, so that people with learning disabilities can be better informed and engaged in the debate ahead of EU Referendum vote on Thursday 23rd June.

Each magazine is translated by the UR Consultants, a group of people with learning disabilities, all of whom are supported and employed by the charity.

When Easy News was first launched in 2013, when asked only 13 % of readers felt that politics made a difference to their lives.  Twenty bi-monthly news magazines and five special issues later following the 2015 the General Election, 93% of Easy News readers indicated that they feel they are taking a greater interest in politics as a results of reading the news magazine.

As a charity, United Response have successfully campaigned to open up the democratic process to people with learning disabilities by creating and delivering the tools needed to enable this disenfranchised group to use their legal right to vote.

Easy News was originally created to keep the interest in politics and current affairs generated by United Response’s Every Vote Counts campaign.  The ongoing campaign has been breaking the barriers for people with learning disabilities to engage in the democratic process for the last three successive General Elections.  A key tool in the campaign is the dedicated website which provides un-biased, easy to understand information covering all aspects of the democratic process, including up-to-date details about the EU Referendum.

The high level of engagement and turn-out in the Scottish Referendum clearly shows that how the United Kingdom is governed is very important to many people. United Response hopes that our Easy News EU Referendum Special will enable people with learning disabilities to take part in the vote by being informed.

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