This handbook was developed for use by Independent Living Resource Centres (ILRCs) throughout Canada as the second phase of a national literacy project undertaken by the Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres (CAILC).
The handbook enables centres and other consumer groups to help empower individuals with disabilities to make their own choices and participate in the community. The handbook also increases awareness of literacy issues as they relate to people with disabilities.
The handbook begins with the personal stories of three people with disabilities who describe the barriers they faced in getting an education.
The authors have included sections on the importance of literacy to people with disabilities; making ILRCs more accessible to people with low literacy skills; and designing and implementing a disability awareness workshop.