Media Advisory - CNIB Calls on BC and Federal Governments to help fund
accessible library services

VANCOUVER, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - The right to read is a given for most Canadians. But Canadians who are blind or partially sighted don't have equal access. For 90 years, Canada has counted on a charity, CNIB, to provide library services for people with vision loss. But a charity can't, and shouldn't, do it alone. CNIB is calling on the federal and provincial governments to share the cost of providing library services for citizens who are blind - the kind of service other Canadians take for granted. That service should not be limited by disability or where you live. At this point, two provincial governments have made a commitment, securing library service for citizens. Now it's time for the Federal and BC governments to do the same.

    What:  News Conference calling on BC/Federal governments to partner with
           CNIB to fund a national library providing alternative format

    When:  Tuesday, January 19, 2010
           10:30 a.m.

    Where: Morris J Wosk Boardroom, 7th Floor
           Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library
           350 West Georgia Street
           Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

    Who:   John Mulka, Executive Director, CNIB BC/Yukon
           Betty Nobel, CNIB Library client and college instructor for
           visually impaired students, other CNIB Library users

One-on-one interviews and demonstrations of the CNIB Digital Library and alternative format reading material.

About CNIB

CNIB provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.

Note to broadcast media: B-roll of CNIB Library available, along with tours of National Library facilities in Toronto, including recording, preparation and distribution of alternative formats, for National/Ontario media.


For further information: For further information: Elaine McKay, Communications Manager, CNIB Western Canada, O: (604) 431-2162, C: (604) 813-5701,

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