This research explored the ways Easy English could help different populations, including people with ID and people from a CALD background, to read and understand information.Participants included adults with intellectual disabilities and adults from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (n=10). Ethics permission was provided by the Human Rights Ethics Committee (HREC). Participant comprehension and literacy levels were ascertained. Each participant reviewed a 12 page Easy English document and the sessions were audio and video recorded. Talking MatsTM were used to determine how participants felt about different Easy English features.All participants agreed most Easy English features were helpful, but responses varied depending on each individual’s literacy level and backgrounds. Preliminary results suggest that Easy English may be useful for people from a CALD background. Further research is required to understand how Easy English might be tailored to people with different reading support needs.


Ruby Yee
Scope Australia

Caroline Livanos
Scope Australia

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