The right of access to information is recognized by the United Nations as a fundamental right for the full development of people as individuals and also as a collective, necessary to achieve a fully democratic society.
This right must be guaranteed for all people, especially those with cognitive difficulties, and who, therefore, are more vulnerable to misinformation.
This manual, developed under the EASYNEWS Project, arises from the need to bring information closer to people with intellectual disabilities. To do this, it includes two different content sections, but equally important:
- The first of them aims to tackle media illiteracy, especially in the group of people with intellectual disabilities. The use of new technologies and nonformal and digital information channels such as social networks is widespread throughout the population, including the group of people with I.D. and it is necessary to equip them with the necessary tools to be able to identify reliable sources of information, which contrast the data and create quality information.
All these tools are collected in this first section.
- With this objective, the second section aims to enhance the ability of Easy-toRead as a means to get written information to all people, whatever their reading-writing ability. This part of the manual includes the most important requirements and conditions for the adaptation of texts and, therefore, written information, to Easy-to-Read format.
The combination of learning to identify truthful information on the internet and having the necessary tools to adapt it to Easy-to-Read will allow the EASYNEWS project to be fulfilled: to get the information to people with intellectual disabilities.
We hope this manual is useful for this objective.