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Enabling access to information by people with learning disabilities

Warren Oldreive (Speech and Language Therapist with Berkshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust, Bracknell, UK)
Mary Waight (Occupational Therapist with Berkshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust, Bracknell, UK)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 11 January 2013




The purpose of this paper is to outline a screening protocol that can be used to support the provision of more accessible information.


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.


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.


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.



Oldreive, W. and Waight, M. (2013), "Enabling access to information by people with learning disabilities", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 5-15.



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