National disability charity, United Response, has published the 21st edition of its award-winning accessible news magazine, Easy News.

Easy News was launched by United Response in 2013 in a bid to make the news easier to understand for the 1.5 million people with learning disabilities in the UK. It aims to encourage discussion around news stories and keep readers informed by simplifying the complex language that is often used in mainstream news.

The latest issue covers some of the biggest national and international news stories from the past two months, including the Hillsborough inquest, the results of the UK’s local elections and EU referendum, the Egyptian aeroplane crash and the sad death of Jo Cox MP.

The issue also includes short stories on Leicester FC winning the Premier League, Sir David Attenborough’s 90th birthday and more.

The magazine is presented in an easy read format, which uses simple words and explanatory images to illustrate the stories, produced by a team of people with learning disabilities or autism known as UR Consultants.

Commenting on Issue 21 of Easy News, United Response’s Director of Policy and Communications, Diane Lightfoot, said:

“In the run-up to the EU Referendum, our UR consultants created an Easy News Special to enable people with learning disabilities to understand the debate and use their right to vote. In this latest issue of Easy News, our readers can learn about the result of the referendum and other major political and social events which have dominated British newspapers over the last two months.

“We are very proud of our UR consultants’ ongoing work making the news accessible to people with learning disabilities, so that they are not excluded from public debate.”

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