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Enabling access to information by people with learning disabilities

Enabling access to information by people with learning disabilities Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to outline a screening protocol that can be used to support the provision of more accessible information. Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents a series of four case studies of adults with learning disabilities examining the processes of making information accessible considering their literacy and language skills. Findings – Screening revealed that four individuals required different mechanisms to maximise their ability to access information provided. Practical implications – The need to complete relevant screening, devise personalised materials and evaluate success is pivotal in the development of accessible information. Social implications – The provision of appropriate accessible information with evidenced positive outcomes is fundamental to reducing risk and increasing social inclusion. Originality/value – This paper summarises a new approach to information provision based on screening, decision making and review. It will be of interest to a range of professionals tasked with the responsibility of providing accessible information to individuals with varying and complex needs who may lack functional literacy skills. This may include completion of capacity screening. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tizard Learning Disability Review Emerald Publishing

Enabling access to information by people with learning disabilities

Tizard Learning Disability Review , Volume 18 (1): 11 – Jan 11, 2013

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1359-5474
DOI
10.1108/13595471311295950
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to outline a screening protocol that can be used to support the provision of more accessible information. Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents a series of four case studies of adults with learning disabilities examining the processes of making information accessible considering their literacy and language skills. Findings – Screening revealed that four individuals required different mechanisms to maximise their ability to access information provided. Practical implications – The need to complete relevant screening, devise personalised materials and evaluate success is pivotal in the development of accessible information. Social implications – The provision of appropriate accessible information with evidenced positive outcomes is fundamental to reducing risk and increasing social inclusion. Originality/value – This paper summarises a new approach to information provision based on screening, decision making and review. It will be of interest to a range of professionals tasked with the responsibility of providing accessible information to individuals with varying and complex needs who may lack functional literacy skills. This may include completion of capacity screening.

Journal

Tizard Learning Disability ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 11, 2013

Keywords: Learning disabilities; Adults; Information services; Accessible information; Screening assessment; Outcome evaluation; Model of provision

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