Disability charity, United Response, has published Issue 27 of its award-winning accessible news magazine, Easy News – making the latest news stories easier to understand for people with a learning disability.

Prior to the General Election, United Response released an Easy News Manifesto Special, to make the election easier to understand so that people with learning disabilities had the chance to get informed and use their right to vote.

Following the election, Issue 27 explains the result, including the numbers of votes won by each party, what it means to have a majority Government and how the election resulted in a hung parliament.

Front cover of Easy News

As well as the latest political news, Issue 27 of Easy News also tackles the sad news of the terror attacks in Manchester and London, as well as the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Written in an ‘easy read’ format, using simple sentences and pictures, as the world’s first magazine, Easy News makes the news and politics more accessible for people with a learning disability.

The stories for Easy News are translated into easy read from the mainstream media, by a team of people employed by United Response known as UR Consultants, who have learning disabilities or autism.

Commenting on the latest Issue of Easy News, Sarah Bartlett, United Response’s Head of Policy and Campaigns, said:

“It’s fair to say the result of the General Election left many people surprised and there remains uncertainty about what the result will mean in the long-term. Easy News explains the facts about the result in its usual unbiased format, so that our readership can join the rest of the country in debating what will happen next.

“Aside from politics, there has been a lot of upsetting news over the last two months. It is important that people with learning disabilities have the same opportunity as everyone else to understand recent events. It is a credit to our UR Consultants that they have been able to present the facts in a clear, accessible way.”

To download the latest issue of Easy News, please visit: https://www.unitedresponse.org.uk/easy-news

United Response is continuing to seek feedback on Easy News, to improve future issues and ensure that the magazine is as accessible as possible to its wide readership. To provide feedback on Easy News, please take 10 minutes to fill out this survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/easynews2017

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Download Easy News Issue 27