Government funds library network service expansion to make more published works available in formats accessible for Canadians with print disabilities
“Expanding the NNELS’s collection of books and resources in alternative formats is a good thing for Canadians because it’s about true social inclusion and accessibility. This project demonstrates our government’s commitment to creating a barrier-free Canada where everyone can learn and succeed equally.”
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
“Funding like this is needed to help improve the social inclusion of people with disabilities in Canada. It fosters collaboration between numerous partners and encourages innovation. Supporting accessibility through partnerships like this one is how we are helping to ensure our communities become more inclusive for all Canadians.
- The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver
“Technology is making “out of the box” accessibility of books an increasingly realistic goal. NNELS helps bridge the chasm between the current “book famine” for blind people and our dream of fully integrated and accessible library service. This Federal support enables NNELS’ work to continue to grow.”
– Mary Ellen Gabias, President of the Canadian Federation of the Blind (CFB)
The Social Development Partnerships Program helps to improve the lives of children and families, people with disabilities and other vulnerable Canadians. The SDPP has two funding components: Disability, and Children and Families.
Since the creation of the Disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program in 1998, the Government of Canada has provided $11 million annually in grant and contribution funding to organizations to support projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society with respect to social inclusion.
In 2012, about 14 percent of the Canadian population aged 15 years or older—1 in 7 Canadians—reported having a disability that limited their daily activities. That number is expected to grow with an aging population.
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Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
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