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National Disability Organizations Come Together to Voice Concerns Over Unequal Library Services: Canadians Who Are Unable to Read Print Not Being Treated Equally

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

On October 29 2011, a group of national organizations hosted a countrywide town hall style meeting to voice their concerns over unequal access to library services for Canadians who are print disabled. The meeting was jointly hosted by the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians and Citizens with Disabilities Ontario. There were three sessions. The first was for those attending via the Internet. The second was for those attending in person and the third was for those attending via phone.

"This was truly a cooperative effort." says Donna Jodhan president of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians. "Attendees were able to voice their concerns over the lack of response from the government to help fund a hub that would be in charge of library services, and they were also concerned about how the funding could be obtained."

Pat Seed, chairperson of CWDO, expressed that "The Library Town Hall meeting was very well organized and Professional. I was Very Pleased, from a CWDO perspective, that the Cross Disability aspect of library service was raised and given attention. There is a need for this Library Hub to provide materials not only for those who are blind or with low vision, but also for those with learning disabilities, mobility impairments, and muscle weakness, etc. There is much work to do, and it is very important for organizations to come together to make such a service a reality."

The live session took place at the Toronto offices of Center for Independent Living and one of the moderators was the executive director of the Canadian Blind Sports Association; Jane Blaine.
John Rafferty, president and CEO of the CNIB responded to questions and comments from attendees and expressed his satisfaction with the outcome. He also reiterated the CNIB's desire to see library services be provided for by a non-charity based entity.

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About the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), is a national organization of Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind, and partially-sighted persons.

The AEBC is in its 20th year and continues to advocate for the recognition, legitimization, and protection of the rights of its members as outlined under the Canadian Charter of rights.

EDITORS: For Further Information Contact:

Donna Jodhan, AEBC President

Phone: 1-800-561-4774

Email Donna Jodhan

Or visit the website at


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