Sport may seem an unlikely place to find accessible information advice, but this week there was plenty, at EDFS’s Active Communications event. What are the implications for people with language disability, and how can we create accessible language for everyone?
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.
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.
New research shows if Easy Read and Plain English writing makes words easier to understand. Words in Easy Read are shorter, more frequent and familiar, but analysis shows adaptations are sometimes making information more difficult to understand.
Bullet points in Plain English and Easy Read create long sentences with low coherence. The use of bullet points can make reading difficult for people with low literacy and communication and learning disability.
New research shows how Easy Read and Plain English methods change text. Sentences are shortened by splitting sentences, deleting information and using bullet points. But research suggests these changes might be making Easy Read information more difficult to understand.
Is Easy Read writing style developed from any theory of reading or communication disability? Does Easy Read reflect the language and reading needs of people with learning disabilities? New research investigates.
Does Easy Read improve accessibility, where did it come from, and is it different to Plain English? New research analyses the language of Easy Read, its theoretical basis, and its likely impact on understanding for people with communication needs.
I’ll soon be sharing findings from my postgraduate Easy Read research investigating how Easy Read and Plain English methods change written text, and if adaptations help understanding. The results are startling – follow me on Twitter to hear more.