Skip to main content

Canadian Transportation Agency Uses New Communications Tool to Improve Service to Persons with Disabilities

  • Published: 2010-06-17 (Revised/Updated 2010-07-11) : Author: Canadian Transportation Agency
  • Synopsis: Selected print publications from the Canadian Transportation Agency are now available as digital talking books.

Main Document

Selected print publications from the Canadian Transportation Agency are now available as digital talking books - a major service improvement for persons with impaired vision or who cannot use print media.

The Agency is currently one of the few federal government departments to make available some of its key publications in the latest version of the Digital Accessible Information SYstem, or DAISY 4.0. Publications such as the Agency's Code of Practice: Aircraft Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities are now available in the DAISY format.

The Agency is responsible for ensuring that the federal transportation network is accessible. It has developed several Codes of Practice in close consultation with the Canadian transportation industry and the community of persons with disabilities.

The Aircraft Accessibility Code addresses the physical accessibility of passenger aircrafts used by Canadian air carriers. It provides guidance on many issues, including floor space for service dogs, tactile row markers for persons who are blind or have a visual impairment, storage space for passenger-owned wheelchairs, and more. The Code now becomes more widely accessible in its DAISY format.

"Our goal is to keep our stakeholders informed on the initiatives we have in place to ensure an accessible federal transportation network in Canada," says Geoff Hare, the Agency Chair and CEO. "We feel that making our publications available in DAISY 4.0 will go a long way to meet the needs of Canadians who are blind or have a visual impairment."

The DAISY format improves on traditional audio books through its navigation and search functions. A user can jump from point to point in the publication, just as a sighted user can flip from page to page. In traditional audio books, the user can move forward and backward, and bookmark content in certain players, but the user cannot search the book.

In addition to its Codes of Practice, the Agency has issued a DAISY 4.0 version of its popular travel publication Take Charge of Your Travel: A Guide for Persons with Disabilities. This handy guide helps Canadians with disabilities to travel with greater ease and confidence. It describes accessible services and features available to travelers with disabilities.

Along with Take Charge, the Agency's Reservation Checklist for Persons with Disability - a unique step-by-step travel checklist- is available in the new DAISY format.

To view these publications, visit the Canadian Transportation Agency's website at For more information on DAISY, visit

The Agency plans to re-issue other publications in the DAISY and have new publications be made available in the accessible format, including their upcoming Annual Report.


• Have your say! Add your comment or discuss this article on our FaceBook Page.

Similar Topics

1 : Updated ADA Guidelines for Buses and Vans - Access Board : United States Access Board.
2 : CareRides: Accessible Transportation for the Elderly by Lyft and CareLinx : CareLinx.
3 : Chicago Taxi Fleet Adds 50 Wheelchair Accessible MV-1s : Mobility Ventures.
4 : New Wheelchair Accessible MV-1 Empire Taxi for NYC - Mobility Ventures : Mobility Ventures LLC.
5 : Accessible UK & London Black Cabs Within 5 Minutes of Booking : assist-Mi.
From our Public Disability Transport section - Full List (20 Items)

Submit disability news, coming events, as well as assistive technology product news and reviews.

Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.

Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.

List of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.

Blood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be, and information on blood group types/compatibility.

1 : 20 New Episodes of Letters to Lynette with Dr. Lynette Louise to Air on The Autism Channel in 2018
2 : Turnstone Center Designated as Official Paralympic Training Site by US Olympic Committee
3 : Help Your Child in School by Adding Language to The Math
4 : 50% of Retirees Saw Little or No COLA Increase in Net 2018 Social Security Benefits
5 : Turnstone Endeavor Games Concludes with National Records Broken
6 : Spinning in Circles and Learning From Myself by Tsara Shelton
7 : St. Louis HELP Medical Equipment Donation Drive Generates Record-Breaking Results
8 : People Who Snore Suffer from Palate Nerve and Muscle Damage

Disclaimer: This site does not employ and is not overseen by medical professionals. Content on Disabled World is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. See our Terms of Service for more information.

Reporting Errors: Disabled World is an independent website, your assistance in reporting outdated or inaccurate information is appreciated. If you find an error please let us know.

© 2004 - 2018 Disabled World™