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I am a self-advocate.
Easy-to-read is information that is written in a clear and easy to understand way.
Many people with an intellectual disability
as well as other groups of people find it useful.
I edit the newsletter Europe for Us using the European easy-to-read standard,
which I helped create.
I have also written this article using Easy-to-read.
I also check the layout and the format of the text.
Each time I check a text,
I follow a checklist that I created for myself.
This checklist reminds me of all the things I need
that are important for an easy-to-read document.
For example, the text must be at least in Arial 14 as a font.
If the text is long,
it needs page numbers.
I use clear and short words and sometimes pictures too,
to help explain what is written.
I feel part of the community
because I get the same information as everybody else.
There have been many times when easy-to-read was useful to me.
- When I was looking up train timetables;
- When I took part in a conference at the European Commission
and they gave us an easy-to-read programme.
Part of my job is to help create our newsletter, Europe for Us.
Europe for Us talks about the news that is interesting for self-advocates.
For example, it talks about meetings of self-advocates
and about the work of Inclusion Europe.
Europe for Us is written in 6 languages.
I enjoy writing easy-to-read articles
because I can pick out what people with intellectual disabilities
want to read about.
It is a fun challenge because I learn new things every time.
I get to learn about different organisations in the world
that support people with intellectual disabilities.
But I love my job!
Empower Us is Inclusion International‘s work to help self-advocacy grow around the world.
The Action Team is a group of self-advocate leaders from around the world who work with Inclusion International on Empower Us.
Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.
This has always been incredibly important. It is even more so with the Covid pandemic drastic impact on their rights and lives.
Being visible and vocal on issues directly affecting millions of people requires your support.
Become Inclusion Europe supporter and help us keep doing our work.