Website and TV-channel with easy access to news and information
- Planeta Fácil
- Plena Inclusion Spain
- Country of Implementation
- Western Europe
- Start Year
- First published
“We all have the right to be informed. With Easy Planet we want to ensure that everyone can understand the news.” Antonio Hinojosa, person with intellectual disability and Planeta Fácil digital newspaper’s Director
In 2017, Plena Inclusión España, a leading national NGO, launched Planeta Fácil (Easy World), an easy-to-read news site for people with intellectual disabilities. The website presents current news in easy language, hosts blogs, and has developed an audio-visual programme. As of 2021 it has received more than a half-million visits, and the news channel is broadcasted by a network of local TV stations in Spain.
People with intellectual or developmental disabilities in Spain are often faced with challenges in consuming information of public interest in accessible formats.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
Plena Inclusión España launched Planeta Fácil as an easy-to-read website with news and easy-to-understand publications about the world and disability. The website complies with the European guidelines for easy reading and has an online book club to read and discuss books together, creating also a reading community. As of mid-2021 the website has received more than a half-million visits. In early 2021, Plena Inclusión España announced the creation of the Planeta Fácil TV channel, specially designed for people with cognitive disabilities to cover needs that public media do not meet. Content is kept uncomplicated, with no programme exceeding 15–20 minutes. The presenters offer current information with simple news headlines, which are also available in an easy-to-read version on the website. The coordinator and two presenters of Planeta Fácil TV are all persons with intellectual disabilities. Although Planeta Fácil TV is offered monthly through YouTube and the social networks of Plena Inclusión and Servimedia (a leading Spanish news agency), several public television studios in the province of Andalusia and the city of Melilla now broadcast it on their networks.
Funding, Outlook and Transferability
Planeta Fácil received funding from the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Government of Spain. Planeta Facil TV is financed by Fundación ONCE and is produced in collaboration with the news agency Servimedia. Over the next five years Plena Inclusión hopes its initiatives will serve as an example for more public media channels to apply more accessible and simple-language-based formats in their content and programme.