The right to control for disabled people

I want to be the first to say that a lot of effort has obvi­ously gone into making this consulta­tion appear access­ible, as well as the normal consulta­tion, there’s also an Easy Read version. There are also some great toolkits, includ­ing a DVD — the Office for Disability Issues has done a great deal to encour­age people to get involved, and long may that continue! We’re all for that sort of thing around here.

However, (isn’t there always a however) it’s not enough. I was surprised how little of the 80 page original paper made it into the 7 page trans­la­tion. So much so that I really feel like I have missed some­thing really crucial. Please, please tell me if I have!

Don’t want to read the trans­la­tion below, you can down­load it. You can also listen to the 60-second version!

Gone in 60 seconds!

Steph Gray has chal­lenged me to shorten this consulta­tion to a 60 second radio burst. I’m not going to pretend I’m not quak­ing in my size-5s at the thought, but watch this space.

The Easy Read problem

I can’t help but think that most Easy Read versions miss a funda­mental point. They are usually longer than a normal consulta­tion docu­ment. The jargon might be explained, but it’s still there!

These are major stum­bling blocks — if you find it diffi­cult to read or concen­trate for too long, how easy is it to slog through 90 pages and remem­ber 10 or more unfa­mil­iar terms at the same time? Not easy at all.

The way easy read versions get made needs some seri­ous re-examining. Involving liter­acy profes­sion­als would be a great start. Involving people with liter­acy prob­lems would be a better one.

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Corinne Pritchard

Information Designer at Simply Understand
I believe design and design­ers can and should make the world a better place. I love design­ing things that help people under­stand complex ideas.

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