CQL has developed this free overview of the Personal Outcome Measures®, to enhance the accessibility and understanding of Personal Outcome Measures® for people receiving supports, as well as their stakeholders. It can be used by human service organizations prior to, or during the Personal Outcome Measures® interview, to ensure people are better informed about the process.

‘Easy Read’ Approaches:

This document takes pieces of the full discovery tool, and clarifies them through the use of some of the concepts of the ‘Easy Read’ approach.

  • Write concretely, avoid abstract language
  • Be logical
  • Avoid jargon
  • Be concise and summarize
  • Break information into small chunks
  • Leave out what is of little or no use
  • Avoid difficult words
  • Include contact phone number
  • Make sure any pictures are related to the text
  • Test the material
  • Type with at least 14pt sized text
  • Use a font similar to Arial
  • Avoid writing in capitals
  • Yellow backgrounds can be helpful for people with dyslexia
  • Leave ample white space
  • Avoid acronyms or abbreviations