About Easy to Read Magazine

Just a bit of fun.

Easy to Read Magazine is a website with text that is easy to read and understand.

The content is entertaining, amusing, and interesting.

The topics are just a bit of fun: pop culture, lifestyle, curious facts, sport.

People

Caroline Webb, founder and chief editor.

European, originally from England, she grew up in Switzerland and Venezuela. Before returning to Switzerland again, she also lived in Sicily and Spain. She studied photography, digital marketing, and fundraising management. She has worked in the media, advertising, and non-profit sector. Her experience also includes creating leisure activities for people with learning disabilities and dementia.

Vijayalaxmi Hegde, contributing writer and editor

She began her career as a journalist in India. She has been writing and editing in different capacities over the last 16 years. She has helped organizations communicate in plain language, notably a leading private sector bank in India.

 

Vijayalaxmi Hegde is a member of PLAIN, the International Association for Plain Language Professionals. At Easy to Read Magazine, she is the plain language and easy to read writer and editor.

 

She is a practitioner of sustainable living. She lives in southern India with her husband and two daughters.

Vijayalaxmi Hegde on LinkedIn

 
 

Frequently asked questions

 


How can I support Easy to Read Magazine as a sponsor?

 

You can support readers with disabilities user experience by sponsoring:

  • Accessibility: Sponsor developer fees to improve the accessibility of the website.

  • Inclusion: Sponsor fees for regular and guest editorial contributors with disabilities.

  • Representation: Sponsor image use charges and fees for photo productions by and/or featuring people with disabilities.

  • Quality: Sponsor the costs of regular reviews of the website by people with disabilities.


For sponsoring inquiries please contact Caroline at info@easytoreadmag.com


What is Easy to Read?
Understandable Content: Easy-to-Read or Easy Read is a writing style that makes reading easier. Some people find it difficult to focus on long passages of dense text. Some may have conditions that make reading difficult.

Easy to Read content follows these practices:

  • It avoids unnecessary information.

  • The sentences are short.

  • It avoids passive voice.

  • One sentence includes just one idea.

  • The text has a conversational tone.

  • Words not commonly used in conversation are explained.

  • The text is larger.

  • Images make the texts easier to understand.

 


Why don’t you display the Easy-to-Read Logo?

Because we are breaking the rules! The Easy to Read rules work with documents with a fixed layout. A website's layout changes due to responsive design, depending on if it is viewed on a desktop computer, tablet, or phone. We have developed and tested a design format that best works over all devices.

 


What is Plain English?
Plain English and Plain Language refer to writing in a way that makes it easy for the reader to find, understand, and use the information they are looking for. It doesn't over-simplify the meaning.
For example, instead of saying, "involuntarily undomiciled,” it is clearer to say, "homeless”.

 

What is inclusion?

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states that people with disabilities have the right to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life. This includes access on an equal basis with others to information and communication, including the Internet.

 

At Easy to Read Magazine, we believe this includes having access to information on fashion, beauty, design, celebrities, gossip, TV, film, popular music, and sport. That’s why our content is written and edited for people who use Easy to Read or Plain English.

What is authentic representation?

Easy to Read Magazine provides a realistic and balanced portrayal of all people. People with disabilities see themselves authentically represented in Easy to Read Magazine’s editorial content.

 


What is online accessibility?
Online accessibility means that websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them.

 

The Easy to Read Magazine’s Accessibility Menu functions are:

  • Bigger text and cursor

  • Change contrast

  • Highlight links

  • Dyslexia-friendly fonts

  • Text spacing

  • Pause animations

  • Reading mask

  • Reading guide


The Easy to Read Magazine website uses the Atkinson Hyperlegible font provided by the Braille Institute.


We strive to ensure that this website is accessible to people with disabilities. To continuously improve accessibility we encourage people with disabilities to provide feedback on their user experience. Read our full Accessibility Statement.


Do you employ people with disabilities?

Easy to Read Magazine has a growing network of people with disabilities with whom we consult. We follow their advice on topics, authentic representation of people with disabilities, and online accessibility. Presently the Easy to Read Magazine is produced by two people without a disability. Regular and guest editorial contributors are representative of Easy to Read Magazine's readership.



How do you know what people with disabilities want?
We apply the same thorough market research system as with all focus groups. Research for Easy to Read Magazine focused on what people with disabilities want. We are always open to feedback and suggestions.
 

 

I want to be featured in Easy to Read Magazine.

Please contact Caroline at info@easytoreadmag.com .

 


I want to send feedback.
Please share your ideas, suggestions, or comments via the contact form.

 


How is Easy to Read Magazine financed?
The magazine is financed by advertising and sponsorship.

 


I want to advertise my business on the Easy to Read Magazine website.
Please contact Caroline at info@easytoreadmag.com


Who wants Easy Read and Plain English?
People who want to skim-read and find information quickly.
People with the following conditions may find Easy Read and Plain English makes reading easier:

Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.)
Autism
Alzheimer's
Angelman Syndrome
Aphasia (Stroke)
Brain Injury
Brain Tumour
Cognitive Impairment
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (C.F.S.)
Dementia
Down Syndrome
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
Epilepsy
Fragile X Syndrome
Hemiplegia
Huntington's Disease (H.D.)
Hydrocephalus
Learning Disability
Learning Difficulty
Leukodystrophy
Long Covid
Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.)
Neurofibromatosis
Prader-Willi Syndrome
Stroke
Tourette Syndrome
Tuberous Sclerosis

 

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Accessibility Statement

Updated: December 2020.

General
Easy to Read Magazine strives to ensure that its services are accessible to people with disabilities.

Easy to Read Magazine has invested resources to help ensure that its website is made easier to use and more accessible for people with disabilities, with the strong belief that every person has the right to live with dignity, equality, comfort and independence.

Accessibility on http://www.easytoreadmag.com/
makes available the UserWay Website Accessibility Widget that is powered by a dedicated accessibility server. The software allows http://www.easytoreadmag.com/ to improve its compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1).

Enabling the Accessibility Menu
The http://www.easytoreadmag.com/ accessibility menu can be enabled either by hitting the tab key when the page first loads or by clicking the accessibility menu icon that appears on the corner of the page. After triggering the accessibility menu, please wait a moment for the accessibility menu to load in its entirety.

Disclaimer
Easy to Read Magazine continues its efforts to constantly improve the accessibility of its site and services in the belief that it is our collective obligation to allow seamless, accessible and unhindered use also for those of us with disabilities.

In an ongoing effort to continually improve and remediate accessibility issues, we also regularly scan http://www.easytoreadmag.com/ with UserWay's <a href="https://UserWay.org/scanner" title="Free Website Accessibility Scanner">Accessibility Scanner</a> to identify and fix every possible accessibility barrier on our site.
Despite our efforts to make all pages and content on http://www.easytoreadmag.com/ fully accessible, some content may not have yet been fully adapted to the strictest accessibility standards. This may be a result of not having found or identified the most appropriate technological solution.

Here For You
If you are experiencing difficulty with any content on http://www.easytoreadmag.com/ or require assistance with any part of our site, please contact us during normal business hours as detailed below and we will be happy to assist.

Contact Us
If you wish to report an accessibility issue, have any questions or need assistance, please contact Easy to Read Magazine as follows:

Email: info@easytoreadmag.com