Innovative Practices 2014 on Accessibility

How to help everyone understand complicated ideas

People with intellectual disabilities work at and run the organisation Inspired Services. They adapt a variety of information for different organisations in any format: EasyRead, photostory, video and others. Their unique skill: explaining the complicated for everyone to understand.

“At Inspired Services we believe that information is power. With it people can take control, make choices in all areas of their lives and gain independence.”

Andrew HOLMAN
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Inspired Services Publishing
Organisation:Inspired Services Publishing
Country
of origin
United Kingdom
Beneficiaries targeted Persons with intellectual disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:Transforming information into an accessible format

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Eight employees involved in this project
  • All EasyRead meets UK and European standards
  • Against all the Odds Award (2011), Afiya Trust
  • MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for director Richard West (2013)

PROBLEMS TARGETED

Every person has the right to information. Without it people can’t make informed decisions. If an intellectual disability requires adjustments to be made in information in order for it to be accessible, a specialised service provider is needed to produce the best possible result.

PROJECT

Inspired Services is an organisation run by people with intellectual disabilities and non-disabled people. They adapt a variety of EasyRead information for different international and national organisations. Persons with intellectual disabilities help turn complex ideas into accessible information for other people with intellectual disabilities.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

The service is highly professional and is both efficient and effective, proving that persons with intellectual disabilities can work in and help run a business. Inspired Services is planning to produce more information online with the production of animated and interactive videos.

DSCN9822Persons with intellectual disabilities help turn complex ideas into accessible information for other people with intellectual disabilities.
CONTACT

Mr. Andrew HOLMAN
Inspired Services Publishing Ltd
Cotswolds, Centre Drive, Newmarket
CB8 8AN UK | +44 1638 561753
andrew@inspiredservices.org.uk
www.inspiredservices.org.uk

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Nominated by: Reima Ana MAGLAJLIC, Mental Disability Advocacy Center