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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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