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Canada calls for proposals to expand production of alternate format materials for persons with print disabilities

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The Canadian Government is investing in programs that help remove barriers to accessibility, increase inclusion, and empower persons with disabilities to fully engage in their communities.

In 2023, 5.2 million Canadians aged 15 and older reported encountering barriers to reading printed materials due to a difficulty seeing, holding or turning the pages, or understanding words in print. About half (2.5 million people) indicated they require reading materials in an alternate format, such as large print, Braille, accessible electronic or audio files, to be able to read. Access to alternate format reading materials for educational, professional and personal purposes, is critical to ensuring the full participation of persons with print disabilities in society.

The Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, Kamal Khera, launched a call for proposals under the new Equitable Access to Reading Program, which will provide $30 million over five years to increase the production and availability of reading materials in alternate formats, as well as training and awareness initiatives on their use.

Projects could receive funding of up to $2 million per year under the program for a period of three years starting in 2024, for a maximum of $6 million.

Eligible organizations have until June 19, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. EST to apply by going to the Equitable Access to Reading Program.

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