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Increasing Access for Customers with Print Disabilities

by Library Staff | Jan 25, 2021

There Are Many Ways to Read.

Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) has extra services for the approximately 10% of Canadians who cannot read standard books because of a print disability.

Print disabilities include:

  • low vision and blindness,
  • mobility problems such as MS and Parkinson’s, and
  • comprehension issues like dyslexia and autism. 

If changing the format of a print book makes it possible to read, the library can help!

The ORL has increased our capacity to service eligible community members for selection service and assistance in accessing Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and National Network of Equitable Library Service (NNELS).  

CELA and NNELS are online services, accessed for free through the ORL, that people can use to get free audiobooks and listen to them on iPads, tablets, and smartphones.  CELA also offers access to magazines and newspapers.  Mail service, which sends audio CDs (DAISY discs) to patrons (played on CD players, DAISY players, or any other device that can play the MP3 format), is also available from CELA.

For more information about this service – connect with us:

If someone you know is not able read print and doesn’t have a library card, connect them with a library membership