The 25th Issue of Easy News is now out in print, but due to funding pressures, disability charity United Response is suspending printing of the award-winning accessible news magazine until a further means of funding is sought.

Future issues of the magazine will be available online to download.

United Response launched Easy News in 2013 in a bid to give people with learning disabilities the opportunity to better understand current affairs and how world events affect their everyday lives. The magazine presents the news in an easy read format, using simple language and pictures to explain the news.

The stories are ‘translated’ from the mainstream media, by a team of people known as UR Consultants, who all have either a learning disability or autism.

Since its launch, Easy News has grown in popularity and now reaches an audience of more than 5,000 readers both in print and online. With growing printing costs, United Response is seeking further funding to bring Easy News back into print.

The charity is also developing a news website, to make Easy News more accessible online.

Xanthe Breen, Head of Press and Fundraising at United Response, said: “This is a tough but necessary change for Easy News, in order to keep ensuring that we are producing it to the high standards our readers expect.

“We would like to reassure our readers that Easy News will still be available online, and that we are continuing to look for funding to bring the print edition back. We are excited to have been gifted the opportunity to develop our new dedicated Easy News website over the coming months, which will bring Easy News up-to-date in the digital world.”

Issue 25 of Easy News is available now and, as usual, covers all the biggest stories of the last two months, including the battles over rights for disabled people on public transport, President Trump’s first weeks in office, UK rail strikes, an update on Brexit and much more.

To download Issue 25 of Easy News for free, go to: www.unitedresponse.org.uk/easy-news

Remember to also sign up and have the April Issue of Easy News delivered to your email inbox: www.unitedresponse.org.uk/easynews

Any donations towards Easy News funding would be gratefully received. If you would like to donate, please go to: www.unitedresponse.org.uk/easynewsappeal

Lastly, please take the time to fill out a short survey about what Easy News means to you: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Easynews2017


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