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Improving access to printed products for people with disability



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The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Social Services, Hamilton, Victoria

THE HON DAN TEHAN MP Minister for Social Services

THE HON JANE PRENTICE MP Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services

STEVE IRONS MP Member for Swan

MEDIA RELEASE

15 May 2018

Improving access to printed products for people with disability

Australians with vision impairment, a physical disability or learning disability will be able to live independently, participate in education, and gain employment through a program that makes things easier to read.

The Turnbull Government is providing $5.7 million to produce alternative formats of printed and digital material to meet the needs of people with print disability.

The funding will be used to produce and convert materials into Braille, large print, tactical graphics and e-text, as well as audio files and DAISY readers.

The Turnbull Government is removing barriers for people with print disability so they can participate in the community. Australians with disability should have access to communication and information.

VisAbility and Vision Australia will provide services under the Print Disability Services Program 2018-2021.

Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons MP said that VisAbility WA in Victoria Park would benefit from the funding.

“I am pleased that a local organisation in Victoria Park that does so much good in the local community will be able to enhance its services to local people,” Mr Irons said.

VisAbility Executive Manager Client Services Kary Macliver said, “The Print Disability Services Program plays an integral part in our mission to shape a world where people with disability are given the same range of options, same level of freedom, and same control over their day-to-day life and decisions as any other person.”

The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Social Services, Hamilton, Victoria

Vision Australia General Manager Commercial and National Services David Speyer said the program assists Australians to communicate with people with print disability.

“We know that the ability to receive reading materials and information in their preferred format enables independence that helps people who are blind or have low vision to live the life they choose,” Mr Speyer said.

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Media contact: Tehan: Byron Vale 02 6277 7153 | minister.media@dss.gov.au Prentice: Michael Dobbie 0436 673 326 Irons: Jonathan Martin 08 9355 0099