Who are the Alternative Format Providers


Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
The CNIB Digital Library is an online library service that offers thousands of accessible books, newspapers, magazines, and movies in English and French that Canadians can read online or request for delivery by mail.

Amicus
AMICUS is a free catalogue of holdings in libraries across Canada. It contains over 30 million records for books, magazines, newspapers, government documents, theses, sound recordings, maps, electronic texts as well as items in Braille and large print.

Alternative format providers for the Ontario curriculum

W Ross Macdonald School
W. Ross Macdonald School’s Resource Services Library (RSL) provides materials in Braille, large print, digital audio, and e-text to students who have a print disability and attending Ontario's elementary and secondary schools. Alternative formats are also available to post-secondary students as well to approved private vocational schools.

Alternative Education Resources for Ontario (AERO) 
AERO provides alternate format education material in a timely manner to students with vision impairments who attend public educational institutions in Ontario. These formats include Braille, large print, e-text, and DAISY digital audio.


Alternative format providers for the British Columbia curriculum

Accessible Resource Centre British Columbia (ARC-BC)
Funded by BC Ministry of Education to address the increase need for digital or alternate format alternatives to print in BC classrooms. A range of electronic formats including electronic text, talking books, Braille, and tactile graphics are available for BC’s K-12 curriculum.

Provincial Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI)
PRCVI provides alternate formats including Braille, tactile graphics, digital text and large print of BC recommended learning resources to meet the instructional needs of these students. Specialized and adapted learning materials are also available.

Alternative format providers for the Alberta curriculum

Specialized Services for Students with Visual Impairments (SSVI)
SSVI loans alternate format resources (Braille, audio, electronic resources and large print), learning kits, student equipment and professional resources to assist Alberta schools in the delivery of an educational program for their Early Childhood Services to Grade 12 students with visual impairments.

Digital Repository of Textbooks for Students with Disabilities
Is a secure online database that houses digital versions of grades 4 to 12 student basic textbooks for language arts, mathematics, social studies and science.  The goal of the repository is to improve access to digital learning resources and reduce the need for school staff to scan individual textbooks.  French language resources are also available through the repository.

Alternative format providers for the Saskatchewan curriculum

Saskatoon Public Schools Alternative Format Library
The Alternate Format Resources Catalogue contains kits, audio books, e-text, large print and Braille books held in the Ministry of Education Alternate Format Library at Saskatoon Public School Division. These materials may be borrowed for the length of the school year for students with perceptual disabilities. These would be students who have a visual disability or other physical disability which makes using standard print difficult.


Alternative format providers for the Manitoba curriculum

Alternative Format Services (AFS)
Supports the education of students who are print disabled (blind/visually impaired, physically disabled and learning disabled) by providing books in alternate formats (audiotape, Braille, large print, and electronic text). Alternative format texts can be obtained from their on-site collection at AFS or through Interlibrary Loan.

Alternative format providers for the Quebec curriculum

Service québécois du livre adapté (SQLA)
The ‘Service québécois du livre adapté’ is  service of  la Grande Bibliothèque du Québec. It provides users with print disabilities access to French resources. The SQLA can provide audio books on cassette or CD, Braille books, music and multimedia references.

Le Service national du RÉCIT en adaptation scolaire
Funded by the Ministry of Education of Quebec, the national service of the ‘RÉCIT en adaptation scolaire’ is a network of contacts in Quebec school boards dedicated to skills development related to integrating technology into special education in accordance with Quebec’s curriculum. Its aim is to provide guidelines, examples and other useful resources to ensure effective integration of ICT in special education among which includes information about alternative formats and providers.

La Bibliothèque électronique du Québec
The electronic Library of Quebec provides access to hundreds of texts by authors in the public domain in electronic format.


Alternative format providers for the New Brunswick curriculum

New Brunswick Public Library Service
New Brunswick Public Library Service provides users with print disabilities access to French and English resources. The New Brunswick Public Library Service can provide audio books on cassette or CD, Braille books, music and multimedia works.


Alternative format providers for the Newfoundland and Labrador curriculum

Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA)
APSEA is a cooperative agency between the Provincial Departments of Education of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Prince Edward Island serving children and youth who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, blind or visually impaired. APSEA provides library services, Braille transcription services and production of alternative format materials such as large print.


Alternative Format Materials Library
The Department of Education, through its Alternate Format Materials Library, provides service to students unable “to hold or manipulate a book” and students with “an impairment relating to comprehension”. In addition, the Department’s Library provides some service to students with visual impairments, supplementing the service of APSEA. They provide materials to students with perceptual disabilities through a traditional off-line library (materials mailed to schools such as cassette tapes and CDs) and an on-line digital repository (materials accessed on the web such as MP3 and PDF).

Alternative format providers for the Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island curriculums

Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA)
APSEA is a cooperative agency between the Provincial Departments of Education of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Prince Edward Island serving children and youth who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, blind or visually impaired. APSEA provides library services, Braille transcription services and production of alternative format materials such as large print.


Free audio book websites

1. Audio Anarchy
2. All you can Books
3. Audio Book Quest
4. Audio Book Treasury
5. AudioBooks.net – Requires registration to download from the free section
6. Audio Literature Odyssey
7. Books Should Be Free
8. ChristianAudio.com – Commercial but has a free section
9. Ebook gratuit - Free access to electronic format books in French
10. Free-Books.org
11. Free Classic Audio Books
12. FreelyEducate.com – Free audio books each week
13. Kiddie Records Weekly 
14. Learn Out Loud – Free audio & video sections
15. Librivox 
16. Lit2Go – Stories & Poems
17. Litterature audio.com – French collection of audio books
18. LOGOS library – access to audio books in various languages
19. LoudLit
20. Oculture Free Audio & Podcasts 
21. Podio Books –  Listen online, but can be downloaded as MP3
22. Project Gutenberg Audio Books Project - Human-read & Computer-read
23. Simply Audio Books – Monthly free audio book (sign up required)
24. Stories To Go
25. StoryLine Online
26. Story Spieler   
27. StoryNory – Free audio stories for kids
28. Talking History 
29. TellTale Project

Helping you meet Ontario's AODA
How It Relates to the AODA legislation: 

Who are the Alternative Format Providers relates to the following sections of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Integrated Accessibility Regulation

Producers of Educational Training Material

Training on Accessible Course delivery and instruction

AODA Significance: 

To learn of ways to innovate, develop & design for accessibility, visit OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre website.                                                                      
To learn how this section relates to the core principles of the AODA Customer Service regulation, visit the AODA page on SNOW.