National disability charity United Response has published the latest issue of Easy News, the world’s first easy read news magazine for people with learning disabilities.

This issue features coverage of the terrorist attacks in Paris and provides an overview of the last 20 years since the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act, alongside a range of national and international news stories. 

Easy News was launched by United Response in 2013 in a bid to make 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 that some can find off putting.

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

Commenting on the new edition of the award-winning magazine, Diane Lightfoot, Director of Policy and Communications at United Response, said:

“It is a credit to our consultants that they have once again been able to translate complex and often distressing news stories, such as the terrorist attacks in Paris and the Russian plane bombing, into accessible and meaningful language. In doing so, our Easy News team are ensuring that our readers can better understand important world affairs, however difficult they may be.”

As we move into 2016, we are looking at ways of making Easy News more useful for our readers. If you read Easy News, we would love to hear any comments you have about the difference that having an easy to understand news magazine, like Easy News, has made to you during 2015.

Please email any comments you have to easynews@unitedresponse.org.uk

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