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Funding announced for winner of the Alternate Structure Business Technological know-how Obstacle

GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 3, 2021 /CNW/ – Work and Social Improvement Canada

The Government of Canada proceeds to get motion to take away obstacles to accessibility and inclusion. That is why Employment and Social Improvement Canada partnered with Innovation, Science and Economic Growth (ISED) to produce the Alternate Format Enterprise Know-how Obstacle, to encourage modest enterprises to innovate, and enable raise entry to bodily and digital alternate structure materials for Canadians with print disabilities.

Now, on Intercontinental Working day of People with Disabilities (IDPD) 2021, the Minister of Work Workforce Enhancement and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough introduced that Mr. Tim Rees is the tiny enterprise winner of Period 1 of the Alternate Structure Business enterprise Know-how Obstacle. Mr. Rees, who identifies as a particular person with a disability, will acquire funding of up to $150,000 to establish his progressive thought for an assistive voice-application that would involve new computer software and the use of smart speakers. The application would give publishers the potential to upload their artistic works to audio structure instantaneously. It would then allow for the conclusion person to have textbooks, publications or other resources read through aloud by the clever speaker, and to navigate the files applying voice commands.

Engineering has modernized and simplified the methods in which we are equipped to connect with one particular a different. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has also performed a big function in breaking down obstacles, specifically for folks with disabilities. Engineering innovators have been vital gamers in incapacity inclusion by means of digitalization, by building tools that permit persons with disabilities to have superior accessibility to means, generating greater prospects for entire participation, which would have in any other case not been accessible.

In maintaining with the theme of IDPD 2021, “Management and participation of individuals with disabilities toward an inclusive, obtainable and sustainable publish-COVID-19 planet”, the Authorities of Canada is investing to assure that folks with print disabilities in Canada have equivalent possibilities to take part in culture and know their full potential.


“When absolutely everyone has an equivalent possibility to take part in modern society from the start out, we all realize success and depart no one at the rear of. The Alternate Structure Enterprise Technological innovation Problem supports this objective. It encourages inclusivity by design and style and will help to be certain people with disabilities have much better opportunities to read, discover and appreciate publications and other print product.”
– Minister of Employment, Workforce and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

“We are encouraging entrepreneurs who have progressive tips to defeat some of today’s largest difficulties. This assistive voice-app will aid make sure that all Canadians with print disabilities have accessibility to alternate format looking at materials.”
– Minister of Innovation, Science, and Business – François-Philippe Champagne

Swift info

  • About 1.5 million Canadians have print disabilities. Men and women with print disabilities consist of folks who could have studying, looking through, perceptual, physical or visible disabilities that impact their capacity to study conventional printed printed elements. A lot less than 10% of released materials in Canada are offered in alternate formats that are fully available to people with print disabilities, which restrictions their total social and economic inclusion.

  • Finances 2019 declared an financial commitment of $22.8M above five many years to the Canada E-book Fund (CBF) for the Changeover Technique for the Output of Alternate Format Textbooks in Canada. The goal is to help Canada’s unbiased guide publishing marketplace with expanding the manufacturing of available books, integrating obtainable options into the creation and distribution of electronic publications (eBooks and audiobooks), and improving upon entry to digital titles by Canadian authors.

  • Via the Alternate Format Enterprise Technology Obstacle, the CBF also supports Canadian smaller and medium-sized enterprises to create more effective and price efficient systems for developing obtainable guides and facilitating obtain. The Obstacle is administered by Innovation, Science and Financial Advancement Canada’s Ground breaking Methods Canada program and is a fundamental part of the Changeover Tactic.

  • In the 2020 Drop Economic Assertion, the Government announced an added expenditure of $10 million in excess of four many years, starting in 2020-2021, to the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and the Countrywide Network for Equitable Library Providers (NNELS) to aid the changeover toward market-based mostly output, and the distribution of accessible looking through elements for Canadians with print disabilities. In March 2021, the Government delivered an further expenditure of $1 million to CELA and NNELS in recognition of the profound influence the pandemic has had on modern society, and the enhanced need for available looking through products.

  • The Govt is transferring ahead with its initially-ever Incapacity Inclusion Action Approach, which will incorporate a new Canada Disability Benefit, enhanced procedures for eligibility for Govt incapacity packages and advantages, and a strong work tactic for Canadians with disabilities. These solid measures enhance the Accessible Canada Act and assistance make a far more inclusive Canada.

Inbound links

Making an obtainable Canada for persons with disabilities
Prime Minister announces guidance for Canadians with disabilities to deal with problems from COVID-19
Statement by Minister Qualtrough on the anniversary of the Obtainable Canada Act

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