Scope selected as finalist in 2020 Melbourne Awards

Scope has been selected as a finalist in the 2020 Melbourne Awards for assisting people who have difficulty reading to understand public health information about the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Scope’s Accessible Information team is passionate about making communications accessible for everyone. It is wonderful to see that the City of Melbourne has recognised this work,” said Denise West, Scope General Manager – North Division and Statewide Services.

The Accessible Information team produced a range of Easy English and plain language resources for Victorians and various organisations, including the City of Melbourne, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), AGL, Commonwealth Bank Australia and the Essential Services Commission.

Easy English uses simple words and meaningful images to communicate key information to people with low English literacy, including people with intellectual disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

The Melbourne Awards are the City of Melbourne’s highest accolade, celebrating the inspirational Melburnians who dedicate their time and energy to making this city a world leader.

In 2020, the program shines its light on community champions who have shown great leadership, kindness and generosity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

“Easy English helps people to read information and know what to do,” shared Annie Loughens, community educator and Easy English consumer tester at Scope.

“It also helps people to make decisions about things that can be confusing – like buying a phone, getting insurance or opening a bank account,” she added.

During the pandemic, Scope produced several Easy English resources about coronavirus, including handouts and posters, about the importance of staying at home, practising good hygiene, social distancing and wearing masks.

Information about Scope’s Accessible Information service can be found on the Scope website. Accessible coronavirus resources can be found here.

The winner of the 2020 Melbourne Awards will be announced on Channel 9, on Saturday 21 November at 2pm.


About Scope

At Scope, we see the person. Our mission is to enable each person to live as an empowered and equal citizen.

We are one of Australia’s leading providers of support services for adults and children with disabilities, autism or developmental delays. We work with corporate and community organisations to create a more inclusive society for people with a disability.

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