Plain language has always been a priority for People First of Canada and its members. Historically, people with intellectual disabilities have not been well-educated and are often at the bottom of the group with low literacy rates.
When people with intellectual disabilities first sat at the tables where decisions about their lives were being made, they asked for information in plain language. They know that having information in plain language is important to understanding that information. Many have also had a lot of exposure to government documents and forms. They know when information is difficult to understand and they know when information is easy to grasp.
People First has been promoting the use of plain language since the organization began. People First maintains a Plain Language Committee and can be hired to translate documents into plain language. Contact us to find out more!