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Accessible Information Standard: a quick guide

The Accessible Information Standard creates a mandatory duty for health and social care providers to meet the information and communication needs of patients and service users, where need is related to a disability, impairment or sensory loss.

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The Accessible Information Ladder

The Accessible Information Ladder is a free resource to help research, plan, create and test accessible information, and ensure none of your customers’ information accessibility needs are overlooked.

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What is a format in accessible information?

What do we mean by a ‘format’ in accessible information? It seems the term ‘format’ has several meanings, which contribute to a new resource for planning, creating and testing accessible information.

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Claims Easy Read works – a closer look

Does Easy Read work? A claim that Easy Read is effective is reviewed. New evidence suggests Easy Read can increase difficulty for people with language and learning disabilities, with a need to professionalise the provision of accessible information.

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The ethics of Easy Read

There are ethical issues in simplifying information. Easy Read has a narrow target audience, and an accessibility gap in information provision reduces equal access to knowledge for personalised support and informed choice.

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The information accessibility gap

There is an accessibility gap in information provision. Unadapted information is too difficult for most adults, and adapted information (Easy Read) is primarily for people with learning disabilities. The language needs of the ‘average’ reader are unmet.

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Is Easy Read language simpler?

New research finds Easy Read language is not always simpler. Easy Read writing techniques can make syntax more complex, and delete connections between ideas, making information harder to understand for low knowledge and low skilled readers.

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Accessible information – what is it?

The components of ‘accessible information’ reveal why ‘accessible information’ means different things to different people, why ‘accessible’ is an outcome – so no information is inherently accessible, and what we can do to maximise accessibility.

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Accessible information – origins and audiences

The social and political origins of accessible information in the last 40 years in the UK, with a narrowing of the target audiences for accessibility. There is a need to widen our audiences for accessible information, and clarify terms for a new, systematic approach.

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