Do you know what Easy-to-Read is? Why should the new Constitution consider this methodology? We spoke about this at the Constitutional Convention, with the voices of Ricardo Pizarro, MICARE spokesperson and representative of the ASD community, and our alternate director, Marcela Tenorio.
By Gabriela Campillo.
What is Easy-to-Read?
Easy-to-Read is an international-standard methodology from European agencies, designed for the writing, adaptation, and validation of texts to make them transversally accessible to all people.
This is its logo:
Who benefits from texts adapted to Easy-to-Read?
All persons with comprehension difficulties. This includes people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, elderly people with cognitive impairment, non-native Spanish-speaking migrants, among others.
Does one simply write Easy-to-Read material?
No! All texts with the “Easy-to-Read” seal must go through a validation process by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This and other tasks are carried out by our MICARE Spokespersons’ Office.
MICARE proposed that Easy-to-Read should be a priority for the Constitutional Convention’s work in three main stages:
1. When communicating the progress of the Convention‘s work (communiqués, bulletins, or other information in Easy-to-Read format).
2. When preparing the final document to be put to a plebiscite (an Easy-to-Read version).
3. In the final text of our new Constitution, if it is approved (there should be a version adapted to Easy-to-Read).
Watch the videos of our presentations:
You can relive MICARE spokesperson and representative of the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) community Ricardo Pizarro’s presentation at the Human Rights Commission of the Constitutional Convention:
You can also review the presentation by our alternate director, Marcela Tenorio, at the Communications Committee of the Constitutional Convention: