The Government of Canada is committed to developing new planned accessibility legislation to promote equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations.
A key opportunity for libraries to be heard in this consultation in support of people who have a disability is access to information in accessible formats for people who have a print disability.
Sustained funding is required to ensure continued access to this invaluable service and resource.
As a profession, it is also important to be versed on copyright legislation as it pertains to alternate format materials. Canada recently enabled the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty, which enhances the ability for people with print disabilities to have better access to accessible format publications.
CFLA-FCAB is scheduled to deliver a submission at the hearings taking place in Halifax, December 9th, 2016.