New Program to Improve Access to Print Materials
It has just been announced that VisAbility is one of two service providers to be included in the Federal Government’s Print Disability Services Program for 2018-2021.
In the new program, the Federal Government is providing $5.7 million to produce alternative formats of printed and digital material to meet the needs of people living with a print disability.
This program sees the support and strengthening of VisAbility’s vision of independence for people living with disability, and more specifically, the improvement of Australians access to printed products.
VisAbility’s Assistive Information Services and Library Services currently provide a range of options for alternative materials. The funding will be used to support the growth and development of these services, ensuring the continued production and conversion of materials into Braille, large print, tactical graphics and e-text as well as audio files and DAISY readers.
“The Print Disability Services Program plays an integral part in our mission to shape a world where people with disability are given the same range of options, same level of freedom, and same control over their day-to-day life and decisions as any other person.” Said Kary Macliver, Executive Manger Client Services.
The Federal Government recognises the need for the removal of barriers for people living with a print disability, increasing their ease of participation in the community and access to communication and information.
Federal Member for Swan, Steve Irons MP said that VisAbility in Victoria Park would benefit greatly from the funding. “I am pleased that a local organisation in Victoria Park that does so much good in the local community will be able to enhance its services to local people,” Mr Irons said.
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