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A conversation
Information is a right
Cheryl Stephens
Plain Language Wizardry
Needs of readers
• cannot read with the necessary skill
• suffer emotional or psychological problems that
interfere with c...
Add presentation title (go to View > Master > Slide Master) | Add name and organisation of presenter
pivotal role
Since access to information is needed
to exercise all other human rights,
the right to information
is a right...
a right to access quality information

Quality of information:
• accuracy
• completeness
• currency
• comprehensibility
• ...
United Nations human rights instruments:
1. Universal Declaration of Human
Rights
2. International Covenant on Civil and
P...
Inter-American Court of Human Rights:
Claude Reyes et al vs. Chile
Art 13 –
right to seek and receive information
American...
Article 19 of the UDHR
Everyone has the right
to freedom of opinion and expression;
this right includes
the freedom to hol...
US Disability or Discrimination Laws
Access to information
Conditions of effective communication are
1.timeliness of deliv...
Canada FCAC s. 6(4)
Any disclosure
that is required to be made
by a bank …
must be made in language, and
presented in a ma...
Canadian anti-discrimination laws
 Failing to accommodate people with low
literacy skills may be a form of systemic
discri...
Supreme Court of Canada
• now recognizes differences that are
disabling given external barriers posed
by a society and its...
Supreme Court of Canada
aspects to disability:
physical or mental impairments or illness,
functional limitations, real or ...
Ontario legislation defines disability
a condition of mental impairment or a
developmental disability
a learning disabilit...
A Theory of Everything
Entities

Laws

Motivators

Resource

government

treaties

duties

 IN

industry

constitutions

e...
A Theory of Everything
Intermediaries

Skill

Delivery

Resource

gov’t services

access

IN

marketeers

formats

FOR

he...
A Theory of Everything
People

Needs

Rights

Results

citizens

low literacy civil

consumers

warnings

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  1. 1. A conversation Information is a right Cheryl Stephens Plain Language Wizardry
  2. 2. Needs of readers • cannot read with the necessary skill • suffer emotional or psychological problems that interfere with comprehension • experience disabilities that interfere with reading or comprehension (physical or mental) Or "situational limited literacy" Add presentation title (go to View > M Information is a right | Cheryl Stephens
  3. 3. Add presentation title (go to View > Master > Slide Master) | Add name and organisation of presenter
  4. 4. pivotal role Since access to information is needed to exercise all other human rights, the right to information is a right placing on governments a duty to provide people with usable information Information is a right | Cheryl Stephens
  5. 5. a right to access quality information Quality of information: • accuracy • completeness • currency • comprehensibility • format comprehensible to the people who need it Information is a right | Cheryl Stephens
  6. 6. United Nations human rights instruments: 1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights 2. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Right “to seek, receive and impart information” implies a right of access to information Information is a right | Cheryl Stephens
  7. 7. Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Claude Reyes et al vs. Chile Art 13 – right to seek and receive information American Convention on Human Rights: the state must follow the principles of public nature of information, transparency, and maximum disclosure Information is a right | Cheryl Stephens
  8. 8. Article 19 of the UDHR Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers Information is a right | Cheryl Stephens
  9. 9. US Disability or Discrimination Laws Access to information Conditions of effective communication are 1.timeliness of delivery 2.accuracy of the translation 3.manner and medium appropriate to the • significance of the message and • abilities of the individual with the disability Information is a right | Cheryl Stephens
  10. 10. Canada FCAC s. 6(4) Any disclosure that is required to be made by a bank … must be made in language, and presented in a manner, that is clear, simple and not misleading. Information is a right | Cheryl Stephens
  11. 11. Canadian anti-discrimination laws  Failing to accommodate people with low literacy skills may be a form of systemic discrimination. Failing to take reasonable steps to end systemic discrimination exposes organizations to human rights claims. To meet its duty to accommodate, an organization must adjust a policy or practice to meet the special needs of a person. Information is a right | Cheryl Stephens
  12. 12. Supreme Court of Canada • now recognizes differences that are disabling given external barriers posed by a society and its norms, procedures, and institutions • discrimination is socially constructed Information is a right | Cheryl Stephens
  13. 13. Supreme Court of Canada aspects to disability: physical or mental impairments or illness, functional limitations, real or perceived, society’s problematic response to the person’s condition: prejudice and stereotypes   Information is a right | Cheryl Stephens
  14. 14. Ontario legislation defines disability a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability a learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language   Information is a right | Cheryl Stephens
  15. 15. A Theory of Everything Entities Laws Motivators Resource government treaties duties  IN industry constitutions ethics FOR finance rights docs interests MA health info access obligations TION insurance anti-discrim profit academia disability  marketing justice system int’l norms  Information is a right  | Cheryl Stephens
  16. 16. A Theory of Everything Intermediaries Skill Delivery Resource gov’t services access IN marketeers formats FOR health/social serv quality MA NGOs transmission belt TION communicators marketing DE enforcers LI VERY Information is a right | Cheryl Stephens
  17. 17. A Theory of Everything People Needs Rights Results citizens low literacy civil consumers warnings moral investors risk quality civilians protection human learners disabilities liberties immigrants ESL ethical treatment disenfranchised Information is a right | Cheryl Stephens
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