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Why Plain Language Matters


Why Use Plain Language?

Many of the people we serve have limited literacy skills.  Communicate with them more effectively by using plain language.

Roughly 50% of native English-speaking Americans are unable to read at the 8th grade level; another 20% are only functionally literate.  

Limited English speakers find it particularly difficult to navigate legal texts that contain strange words and describe unfamiliar procedures. These readers are substantially disadvantaged in accessing legal information.



Examples


execute  sign

produce the records at court   bring the papers to court

return appearance  next court date

employment  job