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Is this the world’s most accessible Bible?

May 23 2017

Person we support, reading accessible Bible

Livability is proud to be part of the launch of a ground-breaking new Bible version. The NIrV Accessible Edition was launched yesterday in London, as church and ministry leaders from across the UK gathered at the event in All Souls Church, London. Biblica, the International Bible Society, hosted the celebration, which comes at the end of three years of extensive planning, research, development and consultation with key stakeholders.

Person we support, reading accessible Bible
Person we support, Rainbow House

This edition has been developed specifically for people with learning disabilities, moderate sight loss, and low literacy. The NIrV Accessible Edition uses Biblica’s NIrV translation and has many unique features including, shorter sentences and simpler language; a specially designed (16pt) font; bespoke illustrations to aid understanding; a single column setting with more white space; simpler navigation; and specially selected paper.

While Biblica are Bible experts – they produce the New International Version, the world’s most widely used Bible – they asked Livability, together with Christian charities Urban Saints and Torch Trust, to advise them on how design a Bible that disabled people will understand and be able to use.

Mat Ray, Head of Church Partnerships at Livability shared his excitement for the project. ‘Livability’s vision is of churches where everyone is able to feel at home; where they can grow and develop their gifts. We work hard to challenge and remove the barriers that leave people disabled. This is a brilliant example – instead of giving people a Bible that is hard to understand, difficult to read, and tricky to even find the right passage, churches can now give them this version.’

‘It’s Livability’s prayer that this Bible will result in a new generation of Christians free to play their part in the body of Christ – people who might have previously been written off because they struggled to read the Bible can now read for themselves about the transforming love of God.’


The NIrV Accessible Edition New Testament is now available for purchase via the Biblica Europe website and through their distribution partners Ten of Those and will also soon be available through various trade outlets.

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