Community-Based Learning Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, Winner, 2006 – The CNIB Digital Library: Making Information Available to Visually Impaired Persons (2007)

The CNIB, in partnership with Microsoft Canada, has developed a digital library to provide visually impaired Canadians with instant access to information.

The process began in 2002 when the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) undertook a complete digital transformation of its library infrastructure to offer the first fully integrated digital library service of its kind. Microsoft Canada committed $2.5 million to the campaign through funding, consultation, and platform development.

The CNIB Digital Library was launched in 2003. The alternative format library is fully bilingual and provides thousands of Canadians who are blind or who have a print disability with access to an online environment containing tens of thousands of books, more than 40 newspapers, and hundreds of magazines.

The library project also includes the Children’s Discovery Portal, which enables youth and children to interact with each other in a safe learning environment, and gives them access to information previously available only to their sighted peers.

The CNIB provides direct services to more than 100,000 blind or visually impaired clients.

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Douglas Watt. Community-Based Learning Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, Winner, 2006 – The CNIB Digital Library: Making Information Available to Visually Impaired Persons 2007. Web. 10 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/cblo_disabilities_winner_2006/cblo_disabilities_winner_2006.pdf>
Douglas Watt (2007). Community-Based Learning Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, Winner, 2006 – The CNIB Digital Library: Making Information Available to Visually Impaired Persons. Retrieved August 10, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/cblo_disabilities_winner_2006/cblo_disabilities_winner_2006.pdf
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