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Reading Re-Imagined: A National Digital HUB to support service delivery to Canadians with print disabilities”

Sent:
July 29, 2012
To:
John M. Rafferty, President and CEO, CNIB, Donna Jodhan, National President, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians
Subject:
Reading Re-Imagined: A National Digital HUB to support service delivery to Canadians with print disabilities”

Dear Mr. Rafferty,

I would like to express my support for the plan outlined in “Reading Re-Imagined: A National Digital HUB to support service delivery to Canadians with print disabilities”. Canadians with a print disability must rely on a charity to provide library services while our peers use publicly funded libraries. A person with a print disability may have severe or total impairment of sight, the inability to hold or manipulate a book, or an impairment relating to comprehension.

 

A national strategy to provide equitable access to public library material is long overdue in Canada. There are moral, legal, and economic reasons to make such access a priority.

 

This plan is built on many years of effort by the Canadian library community and consumer stakeholders as well as an extensive consultation process. It draws on models in other G8 countries with successful centralized, publicly funded hubs for provision of alternate format materials and library services.  It envisions a public-private, not-for-profit organization that will:

 

  • provide more access to more content, more consistently, to Canadians with print disabilities;
  • prevent duplication of costs by multiple jurisdictions;
  • support Public Libraries and other service points with training and outreach
  • see production costs decrease as technology advances
  • be an entity, separate from CNIB, governed by its own Board of Directors. 

 

It is time to stop talking about a National HUB to make access to information a reality for all, and start creating it. This conceptual model moves us in the right direction, and deserves government support.

 

Sincerely,

 

Donna Jodhan
National President, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians
 

History

  • This letter, #2511 was sent July 29, 2012 to John M. Rafferty, President and CEO, CNIB, Donna Jodhan, National President, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians: Reading Re-Imagined: A National Digital HUB to support service delivery to Canadians with print disabilities”

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