Arizona is known as the best state in the US for people with developmental challenges. But its Division of Developmental Disabilities has turned down thousands of people because of paperwork issues.
In an act of inclusivity that warms my heart, ProPublica also produced a version of this in plain-language English, so that people with developmental disabilities would find it easier to read:
Arizona Promised to Help People With Developmental Disabilities. But Some Had to Wait a Long Time. Some Did Not Get Help at All.
There's an editor's note about why they chose to do this.
As a teacher, part of my job is ensuring curricular access for all my students regardless of their needs, and this article is actually a great example of some of the best practices we use in education to ensure that all students can meaningfully engage with instructional content.
Plain language text not only helps people with developmental disabilities but is also great for people who are learning English. ProPublica also has a Spanish version of the text, as well as an audio version. Each of these expands the accessibility of the article to whole new populations.
It's not every day that I get to see teaching best practices included in non-educational settings. It warms my heart too.