Raincharm are one of the UK's leading producers of Easy Read materials in printed, electronic and web formats. We are approved suppliers to Mencap and Photosymbols, the UK's leading photographic image library for people with learning disabilities.
We produce work for the BBC Trust, General Medical Council, Natural History Museum, NHS, National Centre for Independent Living, Post Office, Radar, Remploy and a host of other public, private and third sector organisations. For a full list of who who we work with and for please go to clients.
All our work is checked by people with learning disabilities via Mencap.
We can offer text and photographic images or text and illustrations. We can also offer audio versions on disk, in web pages or embedded into PDFs. All productions are fully accessible in all formats.
Example of our work
What is Easy Read?
Easy Read is an accessible way of presenting information in a clear and easy to read format. It is mainly used by people with learning disabilities but can also work well for older people and those who speak other languages. It can be produced as a print document, in a web page or as an accessible PDF using various combinations of text, pictures and audio.
How is it produced?
Producing Easy Read involves two main things – making the text simpler, and using pictures alongside the words. All Easy Read documents should be checked by someone with a learning disability. This a key element of the production process.
How is it checked?
All our documents are checked by the Accessibility Unit at Mencap, the UK's leading charity for people with a learning disability and their families.
As former publications and editorial manager at the Disability Rights Commission, Raincharm's founder and director, Katie Grant, was responsible for designing and testing some of the earliest and groundbreaking Easy Read production and accessibility guidelines in the world of disability. She has over ten years' experience writing and producing Easy Read materials and also works as a trainer, facilitator and workshop leader.