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All Canadians have the right to access information in timely, affordable and equitable manner. Yet in 2000, the Task Force on Access to Information for Print-Disabled Canadians found that three million Canadians are Print-Disabled. Print disabilities prevent people from reading standard print due to a visual, perceptual or physical disability. Thus they need print material in alternate formats (e.g., Braille, audio, large print) and accessible electronic resources to meet their information needs.
In response to recommendations made in Fulfilling the Promise: The Report of the Task Force on Access to Information for Print-Disabled Canadians, on February 22, 2001, National Librarian Roch Carrier announced the establishment of the Council on Access to Information for Print-Disabled Canadians. Remarks by National Librarian.