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Accessibility resources

The following links include a variety of information useful for people with, or who support, individuals with disabilities.


Canadian Council of the Blind Accessible Book Club Handbook:  Takes you through the steps to set up and run book clubs using books in accessible formats.

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Independent Living Canada: An organization that supports people with disabilities across Canada.

OC Transpo Community Bus Pass: Information about the discounted Community Pass, including OPL locations where the pass can be purchased.

Software and Technology

AMIS : A free software program that you can use to read DAISY format audiobooks on your computer.

Humanware : A company that sells accessibility technology and equipment, including Victor Readers (DAISY players).

WordTalk: A free plug-in to be used with Microsoft Word that can help individuals with difficulty reading. Can speak and highlight text in a Word document.

Training and Help Guides

Dragon NaturallySpeaking instructional videos: Videos that provide instructions on how to do various functions with this speech recognition software (available on the Library’s assistive workstations).

JAWS screen reading software webinars: Free webinars from Freedom Scientific on how to use JAWS, a screen reading software for people with vision loss (available on the Library’s assistive workstations).

Kurzweil 3000 software webinars: Free webinars from Kurzweil Educational Systems on how to use Kurzweil 3000, a scanning, reading and writing software for people with learning disabilities or reading difficulties (available on the Library’s assistive workstations).

Ontario Network for Education – Assistive Technology Support: various resources and training materials to enhance the academic success of students. Resources are available for K-12 as well as post-secondary students.

Funding and Support

ALSO Alternative Learning Styles & Outlooks: Adult and family literacy services, including university/college preparation for English reading and writing for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Alternative Education Resources for Ontario (AERO – Ministry of Education): Provides educational materials in accessible formats to students with perceptual disabilities who attend publicly funded educational institutions in Ontario, including K-12 and post-secondary students.

Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton: Provides information and programs for people who have, or support those, with learning disabilities and ADHD.

Ontario Assistive Devices Program : Offers support and funding to qualified Ontario residents with long-term disabilities to get equipment and supplies, including DAISY players.

Parent Resource Centre – Incredible Directory:  Includes parenting resources for children with special needs in the Ottawa-Carleton region.