NEADS Conference 2004 - Right On!
Theme 3: Access to Academic Materials for Print-Disabled Students
Access to information is a fundamental right of all Canadians. Since only three percent of the world's literature is converted into multiple formats, post-secondary students with print-disabilities are dependent on programs, service providers and librarians to obtain the information and materials they need to meet their course requirements. Program completion at the post-secondary level is the most direct way to ensure employability and integration for people with disabilities into the economic and social mainstream of Canadian society.
In December, 2003 the National Educational Association of Disabled Students began work on a new project initiative: Access to Academic Materials for Print-Disabled Post-Secondary Students: A Partnership of Users and Service Providers. This sixteen month project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program.
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), is working on this initiative along with the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC), and the Council on Access to Information for Print-Disabled Canadians. The overall goal is to provide French and English post-secondary students, who cannot access academic materials using conventional print formats, with the information, services and materials they need to meet their education and career goals.
This interactive conference workshop will provide delegates with an opportunity to learn about the research and preliminary findings of a survey that will be implemented across Canada in September 2004, and to contribute their insights to the issues at hand. A workshop panel will include members of the project Steering Committee, students with print-based disabilities, librarians and disability service providers.
The following key questions will be addressed in the Access to Academic Materials workshop: