Innovative Practices 2016 on Education and ICT

Easy-to-read newspaper articles, written by persons with learning difficulties

Because official websites should be accessible by everyone, there is an enormous need for easy-to-read information. The mission of this project is to teach people with disabilities how to write easy-to-read news articles. Participants with learning difficulties are trained to understand the journalistic approach to conveying information. The goals are to prepare participants for regular jobs, especially as experts for easy-to-read texts, and eventually to provide easy-to-read news on a daily basis for the online-platform of the KURIER, an Austrian daily paper.

“We would like to be pioneers not only in our results, but also in terms of respectful contact with people.”

Marco MARINICParticipant
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Easy-to-read news articles
Organisation:Jugend am Werk GmbH and the daily newspaper KURIER
Country
of Implementation
Austria

FACTS & FIGURES

  • The inclusive editorial training group consists of six participants (people with some kind of disability), two pedagogic attendants, and two journalists who serve as instructors.
  • Currently, the project is planned for three years.
  • The project in fully funded by Fonds Soziales Wien, the social service provider of Vienna Outlook.

Inclusive Editorial Training

PROBLEMS TARGETED

There are many people with mental or learning disabilities that cannot follow the regular news, and who are thus disadvantaged in terms of access to information. Further, there are only a few official websites that provide information in an easy-to-read format. Through this project, participants learn to understand complex texts and to translate them into easy-to-read-texts, thereby providing important information to other people with mental or learning disabilities.

SOLUTION & METHODOLOGY

Participants, all of whom are people with special needs, are trained to understand the journalistic approach to conveying information. They learn to write their own stories and to rewrite other texts in easy-to-read language. Additionally, they learn to handle modern information technology and to publish on the web. Tests showed that a special editorial team was needed to provide easy-to-read news on a regular basis. But when the media company involved was not able to fund such a team, a cooperation agreement was reached with a community organization so as to implement the programme

OUTLOOK & TRANSFERABILITY

If successful, the editorial teaching group could become a permanent institution, providing permanent jobs for people with disabilities. The aim of the project is to provide a steady news flow for people with intellectual disabilities and to empower participants to become experts in writing and rewriting easy-to-read-texts. The project draws special attention to planning individual goals (what are my special qualifications, interests, and prospects concerning work?); providing support in the preparation of job application papers; accompanying participants to job interviews; and providing internships in appropriate firms.

CONTACT

Mr. Ralf WOHLERS (Jugend am Werk)
Mr. Hubert HUBER (KURIER)
Jugend am Werk Begleitung von Menschen mit Behinderung GmbH & KURIER
Austria
+43 1 52100 2260 / +43 699 19710130
ralf.wohlers@jaw.at
www.jaw.at
hubert.huber@kurier.at
www.kurier.at

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