Our Empower Enterprise!
The Empower Enterprise is our user-led accessible information service. It is the overall service that we offer to organisations to support them to produce accessible information. This is so they can meet the access needs of people with learning difficulties, disabilities and autistic people.
There is a legal duty to produce information in accessible formats
The Disability Justice Project says 'The Equality Act 2010 requires that providers of services, big or small, take steps to ensure you get information in a format that is good for you. This means you should expect accessible information from banks, energy companies, shops and restaurants as well as public bodies, such as local authorities, the NHS, government departments and the courts.'
The Disability Justice Project has produced a Discrimination Guide - Accessible Information and Communication
All disabled people have the right to reasonable adjustments when using public services, including healthcare. Having information in accessible formats, like Easy Read, is a reasonable adjustment.
From 1 August 2016 onwards, all organisations that provide NHS care and/or publicly-funded adult social care have been legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard. This was reviewed in 2017.
Click here to read the Accessible Information Standard: Review Report
Find out about our campaigning work for accessible information here.
Our Empower service includes Easy Read Translation, Easy Read Training and the Easy Read Picture Bank.
We also work with individuals and organisations to tailor a complete support package, to develop inclusive and accessible ways of working.