Perceptual disabilities (commonly known as “print disabilities”) include three broad categories of people who require accessible formats: severe or total impairment of sight, hearing, the inability to focus or move one’s eyes, the inability to hold or manipulate a book, or an impairment relating to comprehension.
You may need to confirm your registration type with the library to access these services. If you are not sure if you qualify, or want to learn more, please contact us.
National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)
The NNELS website is an online public library of books published in accessible formats for Canadians with perceptual disabilities. If a title is not available, we can request it for you. NNELS has been made available to public libraries by the Province of Manitoba through Public Library Services.
If you have signed up for this service, log in with your library card here: https://nnels.ca/user/login
To log in, or to study the contents of the site, click here: https://nnels.ca
The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)
The Centre for Equitable Library Access, CELA, is an accessible library service, providing books and other materials to Canadians with print disabilities. As part of our commitment to accessibility, Portage la Prairie Regional Library provides access to this service for our members. CELA will mail talking books and magazines to registered members.
CELA also has memberships and training for caretakers and educators.