This page is for any web or other resources that we hope you'll find are helpful when you're designing for people who do not read easily.

Publications by this project

  • an article in User Experience magazine in 2010: "Design to Read: Guidelines for People Who Do Not Read Easily" by Caroline Jarrett, Janice (Ginny) Redish, Kathryn Summers and Kath Straub
  • a chapter in Rhetorical AccessAbility (2013), edited by Lisa Meloncon. Our chapter is "Design to Read" by Caroline Jarrett, Janice (Ginny) Redish and Kathryn Summers. It is an expanded version of the User Experience magazine article with discussion of what it means to have problems wiith reading.

Other resources and projects


Fed up with low contrast font colour and unreadable texts? This project aims to fight them:

Articles and guidelines


Accessible design is also good design, says Whitney Quesenbury in this useful guide on making your presentations fully accessible to all:

One of the most common visual problems is colour blindness, affecting up to 8% of men and a smaller proportion of women. 

Lisa Herrod's article on A List Apart discusses the difference between designing for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, and those who consider themselves to be culturally Deaf and who are therefore reading written language as a second language. She includes a set of design guidelines.

A toolkit for designers and design managers to help them consider and implement inclusive design, i.e. design that is usable by a wider range of people, particularly those with capability loss. As well as information on the business case and the design process, there is detailed information on a range of capabilities and how they impact on design. Also includes simulators for a variety of vision impairments.

Top tips to follow when writing and producing Easy Read documents. Includes guidelines to follow for text, design and audio production.

Scope in Australia, a charity for people with a disability, publishes similar guidelines for Easy English

Global English is a method of writing clear and simple text. (Global English also helps both human translators and machine translation systems.)

These authors provided guidelines on how to write for translation - and then tested and revised them in 2006.

Heuristics for designing for older people, based on extensive research by Ginny Redish and Dana Chisnell:

Practical tips for doing usability testing with older people, relevant to testing with anyone, by Dana Chisnell:



Judy Hunt reminisces about the Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation, an early British group that campaigned against the segregation of people with disabilities and for the Social Model of disability. Their original UPIAS constitution is held at the Disability Archive UK maintained by the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds.