Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) Declaration Form
Who qualifies for the CELA Program?
Anyone who is print disabled because of blindness, visual impairment, physical disability and/or learning disability in accordance with the definition provided for 'perceptual disability' in Section 32. (1) of the Canadian Copyright Act qualifies.
'Perceptual Disability' means a disability that prevents or inhibits a person from reading or hearing a literary, musical, dramatic or artistic work in its original format, and includes such a disability resulting from:
1) Severe or total impairment of sight or hearing or the inability to focus or move one's eyes.
2) The inability to hold or manipulate a book.
3) An impairment relating to comprehension.
Libraries will need to ensure that access to the CELA Program is provided only to patrons who have a perceptual disability.