Plain/Clear Communication

How low literacy can affect your health (2008)

Lessons in Learning – March 6, 2008

If individuals are to make educated decisions about their health, they must have the literacy skills required to find and understand reliable and up-to-date health-related information, the authors of this document say. However, despite Canada’s pride in its national health care program and a relatively high standard of living, disparities in literacy skills have a significant negative impact on the health of Canadians.

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2012-08-24

North Bay Literacy Council – Julie Patterson, Literacy & Health Program Manager [Video - 2:22] (2011)

In this brief video, an official of the North Bay Literacy Council in Ontario discusses health literacy, explaining that it is the ability to understand health information. She describes it as having two sides: health-care professionals must communicate clearly, while health-care consumers need to learn relevant words and terms.

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2012-08-22

Mixed Messages: How to choose among conflicting information to support healthy development in young children (2008)

Lessons in Learning – May 29, 2008

Today’s parents are faced with a bewildering amount of information on how to promote the health of their young children. Often, the messages they receive are contradictory, the authors of this paper point out. For instance, messages about safety may conflict with advice on promoting vigorous outdoor activity.

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2012-07-27

Bootstrap Grammar: How to understand and avoid common errors in writing (2010)

This manual offers a straightforward guide to the often complicated task of writing in English. There are chapters that focus on sentences with action verbs; sentences with “being” verbs; adjectives; adverbs; phrases; and compound structures.

The manual would be helpful both for people whose first language is English and for those who are learning it as a second language.

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2012-05-29

The Clear Writer's Hit Squad [Video - 15:52] (2009)

This video takes an amusing approach to the subject of clear writing for the workplace.

It begins with a writing “hit squad” bursting in on a manager as he writes another jargon-filled, overly complicated memo to his employees. The manager learns that while his writing is grammatically correct, it is anything but clear.

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2012-05-17

Part 3: FASD Modules on Parts of Speech (2010)

This document is part of a literacy kit for adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), a permanent brain injury that occurs while the fetus is developing during pregnancy. People with FASD have problems processing information and may struggle to understand what they hear and read.

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2012-05-09

Part 2: FASD Modules on Math (2010)

This document is part of a literacy kit for adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), a permanent brain injury that occurs during pregnancy while the fetus is developing. People with FASD have difficulty processing information and often struggle to understand what they hear and read.

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2012-05-02

I Want a Home (2012)

An information brochure for adults with low English literacy

This booklet is part of a series developed by Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research (Vecova), based in Calgary, Alberta, for people with low English literacy skills.

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2012-04-30

Part 1: FASD Modules on Grammar (2010)

This document is part of a literacy kit for adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), a permanent brain injury that occurs while the fetus is developing during pregnancy. People with FASD have problems processing information and may struggle to understand what they hear and read.

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2012-04-23

Stress (2005)

This factsheet was prepared by the Calgary-based Vocational and Rehabilitation Research Institute (VRRI), an agency that helps people with disabilities as well as the community at large.

In simple language, the authors explain what stress is; situations that may lead to stress; and what a person can do to deal with stress effectively.

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2012-04-23

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