The Finnish Centre for Easy Language (Selkokeskus) promotes communication, information and culture in easy Finnish. Our goal is to enhance the status of easy Finnish and the language rights of its users in Finland. We offer instruction and guidance to anyone interested in easy-to-understand communication. The Finnish Centre for Easy Language is part of the Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, which is funded by the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health with proceeds from Veikkaus (national betting agency).
The Finnish Centre for Easy Language
- publishes Selkosanomat, the easy language newspaper, in Finnish and its Swedish-language affiliate, LL-Bladet
- realizes outreach projects
- grants the SELKO symbol to easy language publications
- organizes training in easy Finnish
- produces easy language text services
- develops easy language and advances research on accessible communication
- serves as a channel for collaboration and dissemination of information in the field.
Apart from its own staff, the Finnish Centre for Easy Language has trained a number of experts in easy Finnish throughout Finland. The experts specialize in different areas of knowledge in the field of easy Finnish. Many of them adapt standard language texts to easy language or offer training in easy language. The group includes, for example, teachers, journalists, researchers and authors who write in easy language.
Strategy for Easy Language
The Strategy for Easy Language guides activities around easy language communication in Finland. The Advisory Committee for Easy Language has prepared the strategy for 2019–2022. Its aim is to provide guidelines for activities centered on easy language in Finland.