Web maintenance: Aug. 5 to 6

04/08/2021

Bibliocommons, our catalogue provider, will be performing system maintenance and will be inaccessible from Aug. 5 to 6 from 10 pm to 4 am. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Temporary closure: Alta Vista

05/08/2021

Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 17. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 18 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches

29/07/2021

Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Accessibility resources

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

General

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.

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

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

Ontario Network for Education : 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.

Computer Wise:  Provides meaningful computer-based employment readiness and skills development opportunities for adults with multiple disabilities.   Our program offers an innovative and fun workspace where participants use adaptive technologies in an effort to break down barriers to independence.

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: Includes parenting resources for children with special needs in the Ottawa-Carleton region.