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There is an easy-to-read workshop in Téteghem.
Téteghem is a city in the north of France.
The easy-to-read workshop is managed by our French member “Papillons blancs de Dunkerque”.
“Papillons blancs de Dunkerque” means
“White butterflies of Dunkirk”.
In the workshop,
people with intellectual disabilities
write and proofread texts in easy-to-read language.
The workshop has won a lot of awards for its work.
Freddy Philippe works in the easy-to-read workshop.
We have interviewed him.
Why did you decide to join
the easy-to-read workshop in 2014?
At first I supported
the organisation in Téteghem
with easy-to-read texts.
I did this for a few years.
Then they opened the easy-to-read workshop.
And the manager offered me to join.
Now you put texts from regular language
Can you give us some examples
of your work?
We put many texts in easy-to-read.
- the welcome booklet of the Castres-Mazamet hospital.
Castres-Mazament is in the south of France.
- a website for “Dunkirk water”
Dunkirk water is a service
for tap water
for the people who live in Dunkirk.
- The “Charter of the rights and freedoms
of people under protection”
for UDAF 93.
UDAF 93 is an association for families.
How do you proceed
when you translate texts
Do you use a reminder?
The managers first receive the documents
Then they print them on paper
and give them to us.
We have a tool
to help us work better.
This tool is called colour code.
The colour code comes with 4 colours.
The colours are:
- yellow: we keep or edit the information
in the text
- green: we keep the difficult word
but give it a definition
- blue: we delete a word or a sentence
- pink: we look for a synonym
At the workshop we created a dictionary
of simple definitions
to help us work.
What do you like about your job?
What I like is that I work on different topics.
That gives me a lot of new knowledge.
From time to time, we visit clients.
when we work for them.
Are there things that you like less?
I do not like to put legal texts
That’s because the legal texts are written
with very complicated words.
And the texts are difficult to understand.
We often have to look for definitions of words
on the internet,
in order to understand and translate them.
You also give workshops on easy-to-read.
What is your role as a trainer?
At the workshops we are 3 trainers.
- 1 instructor
- 2 workers
During the trainings we always work in two.
There is an instructor and a worker.
Our roles are the same:
- train people on easy-to-read language
- explain the different rules
that the method includes.
The training is done over 2 days
During the first day,
we explain the rules with some exercises.
During the second day,
we review the rules and do some other exercises.
Why is easy-to-read language important?
Easy-to-read language is important
for different people.
- for people who do not have French
as their mother tongue
- for older people and children
so they can better understand and read a text
when it is complicated.
- for people to better understand complicated texts
I personally think that some important texts
should be put into easy-to-read.
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Once I went on the internet and found
a version of the bible in easy-to-read.
I thought it was really well done.
Read this interview in French.
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