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Introduction to Easy English - Easy Read for Speech Pathologists. 22 January 2024.

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Event description

Join an interactive webinar to learn about Easy English, Easy Read and accessible information.

As communication specialists we need to 

  • Be aware of what it is and what it is not.
  • How it may impact our communication with clients and families.
  • What the current research is saying.
  • Its links with aphasia friendly materials.
  • Considerations for integrating into the Speech Pathology Australia Professional Standards.

When:    Monday 22 January 2024

Where:   Online via Zoom

Time:     10:00 am - 1:00 pm Melbourne time

Cost:      $150 + gst

Suitable for:

Any Speech Pathologist 

Learning objectives

Participants will

  • Learn the legislative and policy framework for Easy English.
  • Investigate the new Speech Pathology Australia professional standards as it relates to your workplace.
  • Compare and contrast Easy English and Easy Read.
  • Reflect on current practices nationally and internationally.
  • Explore current resources available in the Australian and international context.
  • Reflect on written communication needs for your own workplace.
  • Receive references and resources for further study and independent research.

This webinar has 25 places.

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Access Easy English is owned by Cathy Basterfield.

Cathy is a trained Speech Pathologist, with more than 35 years’ experience.

She has a national and international reputation in the development of Easy English.

Cathy is acknowledged by her peers as a highly experienced practitioner in the field of Easy English, doing this work for nearly 20 years now.

She is recognised as being at the forefront of the development of Easy English in Australia, being one of the first practitioners in this specialist field, including the development of quality standards and benchmarks for Easy English. This also included writing the first guidelines for writing Easy English. This is still the basis of quality Easy English. You will receive the most up to date guidelines as a checklist which expands on the original work.

Cathy was awarded a Victorian Government Ethel Temby scholarship for an investigative study into international trends and accreditation for Easy English writing and publications in 2011. Cathy is a published author and is invited to present at conferences on this subject matter regularly.

In 2022, Cathy and her team were recognised for their Easy English work with multiple national and international awards:

  • International Zero Project Shortlist for 2023.
  • International Global Award 2022 – Most Outstanding Communicator for people with Disability in the World.
  • Australian National Enablement Award 2022 - Most Outstanding Communicator in the NDIS Sector.
  • APAC Insider Small Business Award 2022 for our Easy English training.
  • Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI ) – COVIDSafe Business Community Award Finalist 2022. For our pro bono COVID19 content development.

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