Our editor Soufiane talks about easy-to-read

Our editor Soufiane talks about easy-to-read

 

Soufiane El Amrani

 

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My name is Soufiane, I live in Belgium.

I am a self-advocate.

 

 

I work at Inclusion Europeaas the easy-to-read editor.

I started working here in 2008.

I am also part of the Empower Us Action Team.

 

 

What is easy-to-read?

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.

 

Why is easy-to-read important?

Having easy-to-read information is very important
for people with intellectual disabilities,
so that we can:

 

  • Learn new things.

 

 

 

  • Take part in community life.

 

 

 

  • Know our rights and stand up for ourselves.

 

 

  • Make our own choices.

 

 

People with intellectual disabilities have the right to get information
that is easy-to-read and understand.

With my colleagues, I have worked on many different easy-to-read documents.

For example:

  • presentations;
  • articles about inclusion in Europe;
  • booklets for meetings.
I have also travelled to a few places
training people about how to write in easy-to-read.
I have been to Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Greece and Russia.

Soufiane in Russia, where he talked about easy-to-read

 

When I write an article in easy-to-read
I have to understand what the article is talking about.

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.

For me, it is important to be able to read information
that is written in a way that it is easy to understand.

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.

For example:

 

  • When I was looking up train timetables;
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  • When I took part in a conference at the European Commission
    and they gave us an easy-to-read programme.
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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.

It is challenging to change texts into easy-to-read
because organisations’ documents are usually way too long and not easy-to-read.

But I love my job!

 

 

This article is a slightly revised version of the original article published on the website of Empower Us.

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.

 

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