Services for the Print Disabled
Love to read but have difficulty reading print?
If you or someone you know has trouble reading print because of a visual, physical or learning disability, a partnership between The Blue Mountains Public Library and Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) offers lots of other ways to read.
What is a print disability?
A print disability is a learning, physical or visual disability that prevents a person from reading conventional print.
More specifically, a print disability can be a:
Learning disability: An impairment relating to comprehension
Physical disability: The inability to hold or manipulate a book
Visual disability: Severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes
This definition of print disability is from the Canadian Copyright Act because it is this Act that lets CELA reproduce published materials in alternative formats for its collection. The term used in the Act is “perceptual disability”.
“What Is a Print Disability?” CELA, celalibrary.ca/about-us/what-is-a-print-disability.
What does the library have for the print disabled?
The library's collection includes:
- Large print books
- eBooks that can be magnified on eReaders and tablets
- Audio books on CD and Playaway
- DAISY audio books
- Victor DAISY player available for loan
We can also order print accessible materials for all interests and ages from the CELA Library.
What does CELA have for the print disabled?
The CELA collection includes:
- audiobooks in DAISY CD and digital formats
- books in digital formats and braille
- magazines and newspapers in DAISY and digital formats
What is a DAISY book?
DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) allows you to read an audio book the same ways you would read a print book. You can read a book from start to finish by just pressing play, or you also can skip from section to section, use bookmarks and look things up in the index. To play a DAISY audio book, you need a special player or free software. The Library has a DAISY player available for loan.