Using Simple English means writing and talking using words that are easy to understand. One rule is that Simple English is a lot like a third grade reading level. Using Plain Language or Simple English is an accessibility issue.
Because many individuals use words that are complex and difficult to understand, this presents a problem for individuals that cannot read or understand higher-level language. This is especially a problem for people with I/DD, because they may not understand their rights.
When targeting an audience that may not understand higher-level language, it is important to have an option for Simple English so that everyone is able to understand. While some documents may need to be in legal languages for purposes of laws and official documents, there should also be a translation to Simple English so that everyone can read and understand the document.
Ellen has been working for over ten years to convert legal and college-level language to Simple English that everyone can understand! Click the link below to see an entire website full of language Ellen helped edit.