Kisharon pilots 'visual' online news


Kisharon has produced a pilot edition of its K-News in an Easy Read format which can be understood by people with learning difficulties. This will be the first time the charity’s supporters have seen the online, monthly magazine in a simplified, more visual format which has less text and larger print.

The pilot edition launched this week was put together by K-News editor Natalie Kennard in consultation with Aviva Braunold and Hadassa Kessler of Kisharon’s adult services team.

Ms Braunold said: “People who have [severe] learning disabilities may not understand normal text — to them, it is like Chinese, or another language that is hard to grasp. Easy Read looks different but many prefer its clear format and it is brilliant for people with short attention spans who just want the facts.”

She added: “We use Easy Read on a daily basis for our communications to the people we support. Our job is to make information as easy and accessible as possible. Having K-News in Easy Read will reinforce that message. It is about creating an even playing field so that people are not excluded.”

Kisharon director of fundraising and communications Richard Franklin said: “This month has seen both the International Day of People of Disability and Disability History Month, so it is an appropriate time to trial this recognised format that will enable both our supporters and those we support to access Kisharon’s news.”

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