Guidance for using SOLD Easy Read guides

The SOLD user group have produced a series of easy read guides aimed at people with learning disabilities. These guides cover different aspects of the criminal justice system in Scotland and draw on the members’ own experiences.

However, it should be remembered that not every person with a learning disability is able to use Easy Read; most people with learning disabilities will require additional support to access information, via support workers or carers, and some may also require information in audio or video formats.

Simply passing someone with a learning disability information set out in an easy read format does little on its own to guarantee understanding. When these guides are being used by someone passing through the justice system they should be used as a complement to 1-to1 personalised support.