Ottawa, ON - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris applauded the Government's decision to introduce new measures that will expand access to materials in formats vital to those living with a print disability.
"Our Government recognizes the importance of improving access to published material for those who are visually impaired or have print disabilities," said Maguire. "While new technologies have made it much easier to obtain information from around the world, for Canadians with print disabilities, the fact that information is available does not necessarily mean that it is easily accessible."
Canada will join the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. The Treaty will give Canadians with print disabilities more and improved access to material from around the world in a variety of languages. It will also increase opportunities to import and export accessible versions of print materials, while ensuring the continued protection of authors' rights. These changes will help schools, libraries and charitable organizations that work with the visually impaired to reduce their costs.
Once the Marrakesh Treaty is in force, Canada will be one of the first G7 nations to fully implement it, giving Canadians greater opportunities to fully participate in society and the economy.
Maguire concluded, "Westman residents should not be denied access to critical educational, employment or social opportunities simply because of a print disability. No student should be forced to abandon their dream because they cannot access the information they need and no Canadian should ever be prevented from joining the workforce because they cannot get access to the materials needed to support their skills training. I will always stand up for local residents with disabilities and continue to get results for Westman."