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important for all librarians to be aware of the specialized resources
and services available to their patrons with disabilities.
- Canadian National Institute
for the Blind (CNIB) Library for the Blind
- The CNIB
Library lends braille, tacticle, audio and electronic materials.
It also maintains an extensive disability reference collection.
Information Network South Australia (DINSA)
- DINSA is
a group of libraries, based in a variety of organizations, which
serve people with disabilities and their families.
- Eastern Paralyzed Veterans
Association (EPVA) Library
- The EPVA
library provides information on spinal cord injury and disabilities
rights to members, their families, staff, and SCI medical professionals
Library of Canada (NLC)
- NLC promotes
equitable access to library and information resources to all
Canadians. Its web page on Library
Services to Persons with Disabilities includes links to the
Canadian Union Catalogue of Alternative Format Materials (CANUC:H);
Federal Government Publications Issued in Alternative Format,
1981-1996; List of Books Available in Large Print, 1996; and
a downloadable version of the booklet, The Accessible Canadian
- National Library Service
(NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
- NLS provides
leisure reading in braille and audiotape by postage-free mail
through a network of regional and subregional libraries (see
below). It also maintains an extensive reference collection.
- NLS Network Libraries
- for links to regional and subregional libraries for the blind
and physically handicapped
Revised Library Standards for the Blind and Physically Handicapped,
1995 includes information, guidelines and standards for libraries
in the NLS network.
- WebBLND -
a searchable catalog of books available in alternative formats
- National Rehabilitation Information
- A federally
funded project, NARIC collects and disseminates the results of
federally funded research projects. It also maintains a literature
collection, which also includes commercially published books,
journal articles, and audiovisuals, averages around 200 new documents
- New Zealand
Disabilities Resource Centre
and disseminates information for researchers.
- Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
- Lends academic
and professional textbooks on audio tape from elementary through
post-graduate and professional levels. Maintains an online
- Royal National Institute
for Deaf People and University College London Library
- The library
covers all aspects of hearing, speech and language and specializes
in literature on deafness - from academic journals, research
reports and student textbooks to children's books and novels
with deaf characters.
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