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Easy Read Instructions.

I like easy read. 
https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/disability/easyread/

Easy Read was developed for people with learning difficulties but  is useful for other people. Writing instructions or explanations in easy read helps to  simplify information.  What do other people think?


Question 2 - Are there any problems with current products or technologies that you use?

 
edited on Sep 21, 2021 by Natasha Morgan
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Jennifer Bute 11 months ago

Not quite sure what you are suggesting. There are some sensible suggestions in easy read suitable for those of us living with Dementia . Some suggestions though could be considered patronising or insulting. eg The suggestion about using plenty of white space is so vague is this between words, sentences, edge of paper ..... certainly use short paragraphs with an extra line between . Pictures are always good to add to words to illustrate but certainly not as big as possible ...etc

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Margaret Booth 11 months ago

I was thinking about instructions for things that are are sold as helpful for people with dementia such as big button phones or TV remotes. It’s not easy to translate wishful adverising copy into concrete instructions that are easy to follow. That’s what easy read forces you to do and in the process you may realise that you are making assumptions that you haven’t explained. It’s a bit like the exercise that asks you how do you make a piece of toast. There’s the short answer “put a slice in the toaster” and the answer starting “??? who are you making toast for and where are they now “ Proper design requires breaking a project down into the simplest of steps and then building it up again this time being aware of all the variables. I realise that some people might think easy read patronising but others might find it helpful. I always look at the easy read summaries of documents when they are available to see if it’s worth reading the long version.

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Jennifer Bute 11 months ago

Ah thanks for explaining that aspect!

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Natasha Morgan 10 months ago

I wonder, can you point to any examples of products which have particularly clear or unclear instructions?

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Margaret Booth 10 months ago

https://www.greatermoments.org.uk/

http://socialsense.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2...A4_EMAIL1.pdf.I will try to look out some others an put them together.

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Margaret Booth 10 months ago

Unfortunately your website won’t let me edit past the first line . Or delete the comment and start again.

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Margaret Booth 10 months ago

This one also gives no information before it’s downloaded and then goes straight into signing up and logging on without explaining how it works
https://www.timeless.care/

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Margaret Booth 10 months ago

I don’t know what the instructions for these are it I suspect it is plug into an electric socket and even that is probably redundant . This is a good product. It serves its purpose unobtrusively.

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