Editing for accessibility and inclusion
Let’s make your important words easy to read.
I can help, with a passion for accessible and inclusive language and lived experience of disability
Power of accessible writing
You know everyone benefits from accessibility and inclusivity in our built environment. The same is true about the words we use, and how we use them.
As an access or inclusive design consultant, or related professional, you want your audit reports, tenders and case studies to be seen as:
- easy to read
- free from distracting typos
You want your executive summaries to explain key recommendations clearly with no loss of technical accuracy.
My proof-editing and copy-editing services can help you achieve this. Let’s write in a way that works with how humans read.
Choice of editing levels
You can choose the level of editing you need for different parts of your document.
- A basic proof-edit to sort out spelling, grammar, consistency and accuracy.
I highlight areas that are hard to understand and would benefit from rewriting. You can then decide if you want my help to do this.
2. A copy-edit to improve ease of reading.
I can turn an executive summary into the shop window for your report, setting out key issues for stakeholders and decision makers to grasp quickly.
‘Professionalism, with prompt turnaround’
‘I can provide clients with work that looks more professional and is grammatically correct. Rebecca offers professionalism, with a prompt turnaround, consistency and suggestions that make reports easier to understand, without altering the meaning.’
Ian Streets, access consultant. About Access
‘Invaluable in making our materials more readable and accurate’
‘Rebecca has been invaluable in making our materials more readable and accurate. She’s a great time saver. We focus on technical aspects of our projects and she ensures consistency.’
Tracey Proudlock, disability and inclusive design consultant. Proudlock Associates
‘Feels and looks like a new website’
‘I am immensely grateful for Rebecca’s work on our home page. It now is to the point and describes what we do without frills. It feels and looks so much better, like a new website.’
Anne-Marie Asgari, development director and trustee at Toucan Diversity Training
Get in touch for a free consultation to find out how I can help you.
Different levels of editing
1. Proof-editing or proofing
Proof-editing is about spotting small mistakes at the last minute. I keep it simple and check spelling, grammar, consistency and factual accuracy. The aim is to change as little as possible.
This is good for important documents that you have spent a long time on. It offers an objective view.
2. Copy-editing – basic and developmental
Copy-editing starts with your existing copy. It’s about enhancing structures and picking the most effective words to make your meaning jump off the page. I rebuild sentences paragraphs or even whole documents, changing the order and adding support with headlines.
You decide how much you want changed.
I specialise in copywriting About me pages and profiles. It is hard to write about yourself, so tell me your story and I will put it into words that will appeal to your customers.
What I edit
These are examples of where I can help make your words shine:
- web pages
- printed marketing material
- business plans
- award entries
- grant applications
- guide books
- internal comms
I am not a fiction editor but can put you in touch with people who are.
Clarity, simplicity, trust
Clarity helps your customers
Simple words are powerful tools when presented well. They give clarity and that helps people understand and make decisions more quickly and easily. I can find a clear way to describe complicated information.
Simplicity tells your story
Your business or organisation is unique and you know its life story, purpose or message. I can help you decide what to include, and what to leave out.
Trust protects your reputation
Even minor spelling mistakes or inconsistencies damage trust, cause confusion and slow people down. I can ensure your content is accurate and consistent.