Spotlight on Kim Manly

Kim has been working at Scope since she was 16 years old. She works in a day service as well as testing Easy English documents. Kim took time out of her busy schedule to sit down with us to chat about her life and long service
with Scope.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

“I have minor intellectual disabilities that affect my reading and writing and sometimes my speech. I am married and live with my husband. Sometimes I get help to read and understand information from my husband or people at work.

We live close to where I work, which is good because I can ride my bike to work. I’ve been with Scope for 35 years. I started on the day I came in for my interview. I started in Aspendale and moved to Chelsea. I like working with the people here. I like to make people feel happy.”

What is your job here at the day service?

“I work here Monday to Friday. My job involves:
• Taking people on outings, like walks at the park
and discos
• Helping people with meals
• Washing dishes
• Sorting out mail
• Helping people with taxis at the end of the day.

I love working here. I like to make people feel like they are part of a big family. I go home every day feeling like I have made people happy. This job gives me the chance to make good friends.”

Kim reading an Easy English document

In your job as an Easy English consumer tester, you read Easy English documents to see if they are easily understood and give feedback on how they can be better. What do you like about this job?

“I like to help people who can’t read or write well. I like to make information easier to understand. I like to meet people. I like to practice my reading.”

What do you think about Easy English?

The way Easy English is written is much easier to understand. The pictures break up the words and make it easier to read. I like the pictures and the colour – all black and white can be hard to read.

If you would like to know more about Easy English or other Scope services, contact Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre (CIRC) at or 03 9843 2000.