Accessible written information resources for adults with intellectual disability

Compiling the evidence to inform good practice

The importance of promoting access to information so that all people can go about their daily lives, exercising informed choice and self-determination, has been recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). To raise the profile of these issues, UNESCO has declared the 28th September to be International Day for the Universal Access to Information.

Scope and the University of Melbourne are working together with people with disabilities on a program of research to investigate what constitutes truly accessible written information, and how such resources might be produced. This preliminary project report outlines:

  • The issues that need to be considered when preparing accessible written information
  • Evidence to support the recommendations made by the various guidelines with respect to preparing accessible written information resources
  • What else we need to consider when supporting people to use written information