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Commentary on “Enabling access to information by people with learning disabilities”

Jan Walmsley (Visiting Chair, History of Learning Disability Research Group, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 11 January 2013




The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on Oldreive and Waight's article on enabling access to information by people with learning disabilities.


The article reflects on the issues raised by Oldreive and Waight, drawing on 25 years' experience and research.


Accessible information needs to be tailored to the individual and part of a wider approach to improving access.

Practical implications

We should not rely on “easy read”. Instead we should be prepared to offer individualised support to people with learning disabilities, using “easy read” as a tool.

Social implications

It is unlikely that any technology will replace support from skilled people.


The issues discussed provide a reminder that translating information does not equate to inclusion.



Walmsley, J. (2013), "Commentary on “Enabling access to information by people with learning disabilities”", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 16-19.



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