AIR-P Presents: An Introduction to Plain Language Writing for Academics and Researchers

 This webinar, offered by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network in partnership with the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), will provide an overview of plain language writing for people who may be more used to writing in academic language. Attendees will learn the principles of plain language writing and have a chance to put them into practice with interactive exercises. There will also be time for questions and answers.


Scheduled For:

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
1:00pm PT/4:00pm ET
Location: Zoom

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Topics will include: 

  • Why it’s important to write in plain language, even though it can feel difficult or counter-intuitive at first to some people.

  • A review of the principles of plain language writing, explaining each one with examples and group exercises.

  • How to check the reading level of your writing, and explain what can and can’t be measured by reading level.

About our presenters:

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Zoe Gross is Director of Advocacy at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Previously, she worked as a special assistant at the Administration for Community Living, and as a policy analyst on Senator Tom Harkin’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee staff. In 2012, Zoe created the annual Disability Day of Mourning vigil, a national, cross-disability event which commemorates the lives of disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers. She received a White House Champions of Change award for this work in 2013. Zoe is a member of the Washington, DC Developmental Disabilities Council.

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