Cope picks up first ‘plain English’ award for website

Disability charity Cope Foundation has won Ireland’s first ‘plain English’ award for it’s easy-to-understand website.

Plain English is a style of presenting information that helps someone understand it the first time it is seen or read.

It involves using short clear sentences and using everyday words and imagery.

It is particularly important to provide information in plain English for people with literacy difficulties.

Cope Foundation was one of 70 entries for the awards scheme run by National Adult Literacy Agency, and sponsored by law firm Mason Hayes and Curran.

The aim of the awards is to reward organisations that communicate clearly in plain English.

The judges were impressed with the manner in which Cope Foundation communicated directly throughout its website in a language that was easy to read and understand.

David Leland, who is supported by Cope Foundation and chairperson of its advocacy working group and a member of recently established Advocacy Council in Cope Foundation, said they are very proud of the award.

“Plain English makes information easier to understand for people with intellectual disabilities,” he said.

“We have a right to information so that we can live our lives to the full.

“Now our website is accessible and easy to use. Cope Foundation puts us first.

“I have a visual impairment and my screen reader can find the information I need easily and I can understand what is happening in Cope Foundation. It is great that NALA can see how well our website works too.”

Inclusion Ireland also won an award for best use of plain English in their booklet, ‘Sexual Assault Support and Information’.


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