This page provides information to increase understanding of the types of accessible communications which may be available, including hints, tips and guides which were collated by Disability Action Alliance members.
Below are a range of documents we hope you find useful.
Accessible Communications formats – This link will take you to the online Gov.uk guidance.
Creating accessible Microsoft Word documents pdf guide. – This guide was developed and published by the Office for Disability issues to support people wishing to make their written materials more accessible.
Inclusive communication documents – This link provides several guides on GOV.UK which aim to help you to:
- communicate using inclusive language and know which words to use and avoid when writing about disability
- include disabled people in your communications and campaigns and make sure that they’re portrayed positively and realistically
- make sure your communications are accessible
- choose and use appropriate communication channels to reach disabled people
Social Care Jargon Buster pdf guide – This guide lists 52 of the most commonly used social care words and phrases and what they mean, as commissioned by Think Local Act Personal and undertaken by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
The Department of Health‘s 14 page PDF guide on “Basic guidelines for people who commission Easy Read information” can be found here.
The Department of Health‘s guide called “Making written information easier to understand for people with learning disabilities”. Is guidance for people who commission, or produce Easy Read information. It is a 40 page PDF guide which was revised in 2010 and can be found here.
A short document has been developed by Mencap called “Top tips for communication”, these 10 top tips are for communicating with people with learning disabilities. Though they are great tips for communicating with anyone. You can find them on the Mencap website here.
This new page was updated on 18/2/16. We will continue to add to this page over time. However, if you are aware of any helpful resources that are not included on this page, please contact us.