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, Remploy and Photosymbols, the UK's leading photographic image library for people with learning disabilities.
We have produced work for Barnados, the BBC, Bowel Cancer UK, General Medical Council, Department of Health, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Natural History Museum, NHS, NSPCC, Post Office, Remploy and a number of other public, private and third sector organisations. To read more about our work, please go to clients.
We recommend all documents are checked by a user group of people with learning disabilities. Please contact us to find out how to work with a checking group and what the group should be checking on.
We produce documents using text and photographic images or text and illustrations. We are happy to combine images that are specific to your content with Photosymbols images. All files are delivered as Word and PDF files.
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 written to be used by adults with learning disabilities. 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.
How is it checked?
All easy read documents should be checked by someone with a learning disability. We can arrange a group to do this for you or provide you with a checking list of criteria to use with a group that is already connected to your organisation.
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 16 years experience writing and producing easy read materials and also works as a trainer, facilitator and workshop leader.