Access, Justice & Transparency

Access for All: Plain Language is a Civil Right, is a conference dedicated to using plain language to break down barriers in society. We will explore five arenas where plain language can and has improved Access for All.

Access for all is a conference experienced through five stories. Delve into the stories of the conference to see how practitioners make a difference by  increasing access, justice, and transparency for others, using plain language.

Story 1: Plain Language and Our Responsibility as Practitioners and as Citizens to Ensure Access for All

COVID-19 and BLM dominate the headlines of 2020. But the deeper story is one of access. Who has it? Who needs it? How do we get it to everyone? As practitioners, we have a responsibility to increase access: to information, to justice, and to health care.

Story 2: Using Plain Language to Improve the Criminal Justice System

Navigating the legal complexities in the criminal justice system is no easy task, and those who don’t have access suffer. Join us as we hear from those who have used plain language to improve access to justice.

Story 3: Using Plain Language to protect the rights of vulnerable populations

Not every vulnerable population experiences the same barriers. We must consider all vulnerabilities and look for the most appropriate plain language tools and techniques. Learn about different populations and the different projects that can help protect their rights.

Story 4: An International Case Study: Using Plain Language to Affect the Outcome of the Health Crisis COVID-19

Explore the variety of ways public officials have discussed COVID-19 and how their style of communication has impacted public health—for good or for ill. Watch the Center’s first COVID-19 Awards!

Story 5: Celebrating when Plain Language Succeeds

Join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Plain Writing Act and plain language successes around the world!

"The art of communication is the language of leadership."

- James Humes

About Our Partners

The Center for Plain Language, a non-profit organization, helps government agencies and businesses write clear and understandable communications. The Center supports those who use plain language, trains those who should use plain language, and urges people to demand plain language in all the communications they receive, read, and use.

Clarity was started by solicitor, John Walton, who believed that legal writing was archaic and over-complicated. Wondering if other lawyers felt the same way, Walton wrote a letter to the UK Law Society Gazette inviting solicitors and barristers to be part of Clarity. Twenty-eight people responded and Clarity was formed.

Plain Language Association International (PLAIN) is the international association for plain language supporters and practitioners around the world. Our growing network includes members from over 30 countries working in clear communication in at least 15 languages.