Clear and Easy is a handbook for making written
information easy to read and understand for people with a learning
The handbook is for anyone who is, or should be, producing
accessible information for people with a learning disability.
How do you order Clear and Easy?
If you are an organisation in Wales producing information for
people with a learning disability and their families or carers, you
can receive a free copy of Clear and Easy. There
is an £8.50 charge for postage and packing. To get your free Clear
and Easy handbook and DVD email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 029 2068 1160.
Rest of UK:
Prices for organisations in the UK range between £25 and £45
plus VAT including postage and packing. See the flyer and order form
here. For more
information contact: email@example.com
Who is Clear and Easy for?
Clear and Easy will support different sized organisations in
their understanding of accessible information, why it is important
for people with a learning disability to have access to information
they can understand, and how to produce Easy Read materials.
Clear and Easy will benefit you if you are from a local People
First group, a large disabled people's organisation, a social
services department, the public sector, or a private service
provider, such as a bank.
The Clear and Easy handbook comes with a DVD that includes:
- Clear and Easy - new guidelines for making information easy to
read and understand (printed in six booklets and included on
- Check It! - an easy read
toolkit that enables people with a learning disability to check the
quality of accessible information (included on DVD)
- Guidelines for making
information in Welsh easy to read and understand (included on
- Two short films about accessible information (included on
Improving the quality of accessible information
Improving the access of people with a learning disability to
good quality accessible information is one of Learning Disability
We run an accessible information service,
producing Easy Read commissions for Welsh Government, local
authorities and disabled people's organisations, advise on
accessibility, and deliver training in the production of Easy Read
Clear and Easy (or in Welsh, Hawdd a Chlir) was written by Anne
Collis, from Barod, an accessible information specialist with
a strong background in social research and social policy.
Designed as a set of easy to follow booklets, Clear and Easy
guides you through the different stages of producing Easy Read
information: Thinking, Planning, Doing and Checking.
A fifth booklet, Changing, gives advice on the changes you can
make so accessible information becomes a priority within your
organisation; whilst a sixth booklet, Find out more, provides you
with an extensive reference list of organisations and information
that can help you become an accessible information
Two short films on the accompanying DVD explain why accessible
information is important, and explore some of the barriers that
prevent people with a learning disability from receiving
information in a format they understand.
The handbook also introduces 'everyday English' and offers
simple readability tests.
Not just Easy Read
Clear and Easy focuses on written information in an Easy Read
format, but throughout the guide references are made to how
information can be made available in different formats.
If a person has very individual needs, Clear and Easy advises
seeking the assistance of a Speech and Language Therapist to help
you prepare information for that person.
The first booklet, Thinking, gives some general tips on what to
think about when producing your information:
- find out from others how the person communicates best
- think about pictures and symbols, and whether you could have a
general set of photos and pictures that you can use to back up what
you are telling the person
- think about giving information in two or three different ways,
rather than relying on one way
- make sure the person has information to take away with them so
they can check (or ask someone else to check) that they have
understood the information
- if someone has a carer or support worker, make sure that person
has understood the information and has the support they need to
explain the information to the person they support.
Accessible information project
The Clear and Easy handbook is one of the products of the Welsh
Government-funded project on accessible information.
Funded by the Welsh
Government, the aim of the accessible information project was
to improve the quality of accessible information that people with a
learning disability and their families receive.
The project took place between 2011 and 2013 and was managed by
Learning Disability Wales, in partnership with All Wales People First,
the All Wales
Forum of Parents and Carers and Mencap Cymru.