Our easy read information

Information for everyone

What is easy read?
Easy read uses simple words and pictures to explain information.

Who is it for?
Easy read is useful for anyone who finds it hard to read, including people:

  • with a learning disability
  • with conditions that affect their concentration, or how they mentally process information
  • who have English as a second language.

What is different about easy read information?
We want all our information about cancer to be accessible to as many people as possible. This means all the information on our website and in our booklets is written, designed and laid out to be easy to read.

Here are a few things that make easy read different, so it is accessible to even more people:

  • Information is broken down into smaller paragraphs.
  • Each paragraph has just one or two main points.
  • Each paragraph has a picture beside it, to explain each main point.
  • The font size is bigger – it is 14pt.
  • There is less background information and detail than in our other information.

Most importantly, people with a learning disability help us develop our easy read information. This helps us choose the words and pictures that will be most useful for people who find it hard to read.

For more detail on how to produce easy read information, you can read this guide from CHANGE, who work with us to produce our information.

What information do we have in easy read?
We have easy information on the main issues that affect people with cancer. These include:

  • what cancer is
  • treatments for cancer
  • the physical, emotional and financial impacts of cancer.

We also have information on issues that are especially relevant to people who have a learning disability. These include:

  • how to have a healthy lifestyle
  • getting ready to go into hospital
  • making decisions about medical treatment.

How to order our easy read information
You can order and download our easy read information from the be.macmillan website.

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The Macmillan team is here to help. Our cancer support specialists can answer your questions, offer support, or simply listen if you need a chat. Call us free on 0808 808 00 00.

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