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Reading Easy English

At Mamre, we want to communicate in the right way with all people. Communicating in the right way helps us build relationships and connections with others. To help us on this path, a group of Mamre staff members recently completed Easy English training with Scope Australia.

You might have already seen a document like this before. Here is how they usually look:

Mamre Easy English document example

Easy English is a writing style that is clear, simple and uses images to support the written message.

The way we communicate is important. Easy English was developed to be read by one person. However, it is common that they may have a supporter with them to assist in reading the document. This could be a family member, friend, or another supportive person in their life. When people read the document together, meanings can be discussed and understood more clearly.

Easy English documents are useful for many people including people with low literacy and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The group of Mamre teamies who attended the three-week training workshop are now busy translating documents into Easy English format.

Now, when you visit Mamre, you are welcome to ask if documents are available in Easy English.

Accessibility Update

We think you’ll agree that it’s essential for everyone to have equal access to information, research and knowledge. So we have a new addition to the Mamre website that improves the accessibility and convenience of navigating the site. This accessibility update will make the site more user-friendly and easier to use.

The button looks like this

and when you click on it, it opens a full range of instant adjustments to better access the website.

It’s easy to toggle through the options. You can launch a screen reader, adapt the text, contrast, set up keyboard navigation and highlight links. We hope this permits more people to access our small section of the world wide web.

Of course, if you use the access point and something doesn’t work well for you, please do let us know. As with all new tech, there are sometimes small complexities, and we appreciate feedback both good and not-so-good.

Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, departments and agencies must ensure that people with disabilities can access online information and services.

We look forward to bringing you more accessibility updates in the future. You can find out more about Mamre news and updates, click here or check out our Facebook page here.