The Symposium

‘Easy to Read becomes Easy to Understand!’

Project PUZZLE activity concluded with an International Symposium event in Heraklion, Crete on June 8-9th 2017. The Symposium title was ‘Easy to Read becomes Easy to Understand’ which reflected the development of the Easy to Read method that the PUZZLE method promotes through the use of digital tools and person-centred methods.

The Symposium was hosted by the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) in its premises in Heraklion, Greece.

The Symposium focused on disseminating the Puzzle Project’s approach to making information more inclusive by combining existing know-how on Easy to Read with the possibilities offered by the use of the Web and the latest digital media technologies.

Ulla Bohman (Project partner from Swedish Agency for Accessible Media - MTM) made an introduction to the PUZZLE project, findings from the research and the Easy to Understand working approach.

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The Symposium featured  presentations by people with ID from Poland, Lithuania, Greece and the UK ("deminars"), alongside talks from educators, policy makers and specialists in media and Easy to Read. These presenters shared video and multimedia content that demonstrated various ways in which people with ID can help their peers to understand about their rights and learn the skills required to achieve their aspirations as adults. The message was clear;

When people with ID understand more about their rights they are better equipped to pursue independence and so improve the quality of their own lives

The programme also featured presentations from self-advocates. Day 2 of the Symposium featured two Workshops

A key outcomes from the Symposium is a draft ‘Manifesto’ for the new method developed during the project that we have named ‘Easy to Understand’ which combines the already existing ‘Easy to Read’ method with the use of Web, multimedia and digital tools.

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