Member with a Print Disability

A Member with a Print Disability is anyone who is prevented or inhibited from reading conventional print due to blindness, visual disability, physical disability and/or a learning/reading disability in accordance with the definition provided for “perceptual disability” in the Canadian Copyright Act.

Members who identify as having a print disability qualify for both Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) services. Individuals must have a library membership card in order to access CELA and NNELS. Members with a Print Disability are eligible to borrow any format from our collection in addition to the services provided by CELA and NNELS.

In order to access NNELS library service, patrons must complete a self-declaration form or have it completed by an adult with signing authority on their behalf. Western Counties Regional Library reserves the right to require proof of eligibility as verified by a Competent Authority.  A Competent Authority refers to doctors of medicine, ophthalmologists, optometrists, registered nurses, registered therapists, special education teachers, professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public agencies (e.g. social workers, caseworkers, counselors).