International Day for Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD) is observed every year on Dec 3 to promote the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities and to take action for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society. The theme for 2020 is Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World.

The global observance has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992. Its aim is to:

  • encourage a better understanding of people living with disabilities,
  • make people more aware of the rights of disabled people, and
  • raise awareness about the benefits of integrating people living with disabilities into every aspect of life, from economic, to political, to social and cultural

This year, the Burlington Accessibility Advisory Committee (BAAC) is presenting a Virtual Resource Fair, a curated list of resources, programs and services that are specific to people with living with disabilities in Burlington, including employment supports, meal delivery, social programs, and transportation services. See Related Links below to connect to the Virtual Resource Fair.

Events are held around the world to mark IDPWD. On Sat Dec 5, join community service organizations supporting persons with disabilities for a virtual event in honour of IDPWD, featuring speakers from all across Canada. If you have been frustrated or frightened at the way the disability community has been disproportionately left behind during the pandemic, then this event is for you. Live online - 1pm. Learn more and register for a spot through the link below.

A person with a disability has the right to expect the full spectrum of services offered by Burlington Public Library. We strive to make sure that everyone in our community can access library services in person, by telephone, by email, in the community, and remotely through technology such as the website. We deliver programs that support the participation of all people. See below for library services to support library accessibility.

BrowseAloud helps website visitors who need online reading support and those who prefer to listen to information instead of reading it. BrowseAloud has many features to assist people with dyslexia, literacy difficulties, mild visual impairments, and where English is a second language. To launch the BrowseAloud toolbar on the library website, click/tap on the BrowseAloud icon in the bottom right corner of the library’s web pages

CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access)
Ask us how you can register to use the wide array of books and resources available FREE through CELA. To use this service, you must live in Canada and have a visual, physical, or learning disability that prevents you from reading conventional print.

Access Card
Disabilities can affect the way in which a person takes in, remembers, understands and expresses information, so reading and watching can take longer than usual. For library customers with a disability that makes it difficult to enjoy items within the typical loan period, the Access card allows for more flexibility in return times and fees. Call any branch to find out how you can apply.

BAAC Virtual Resource Fair: A curated list of resources, programs, and services that are specific to people with living with disabilities in Burlington

Accessibility services at the library

The Disability Narrative - live online, Sat Nov 28

IDPWD Canada event - live online, Sat Dec 5

Sign up for CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access)

BrowseAloud reading support on BPL website

Information Burlington - Halton Community Services Directory

Not All Disabilities Are Visible: Kids booklist

In Their Own Words - Memoirs About Living With Disabilities: Teen booklist

Canadian Human Rights Commission - know your rights