Forest of Reading in Alternate Formats
In Ontario, selected Forest of Reading titles are available in alternative formats through schools and public libraries:
Schools must have a print copy of the book in order to use AERO’s service. Materials required for students must be ordered by the advisor. Please note that materials are sent to the advisor and not sent directly to individual students. Materials are loaned free of charge for the school year. Books that are not returned at the end of the school year will be invoiced for replacement costs. Books that are downloaded must be deleted from the storage site at the school and deleted under the student's holdings at the end of the school year.
Public libraries can borrow selected titles on DAISY audio, text or in braille through the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and loan them to eligible patrons. Or, libraries can register eligible patrons for direct access to CELA’s download and home delivery services. Libraries may also offer some of these titles in ePub through OverDrive.
*More information to come for other parts of Canada.
How to Access Forest of Reading Books in Alternative Formats
Through a School
1. Contact AERO
& Advisor Registration
2. Advisor will register the students. Students must have a perceptual disability.
3. Advisor must have proof of a purchase of the print copy of the book
From Home or Through a Public Library:
1. Contact your local public library
2. Ask to be registered for its CELA service
3. Visit CELA's website
To be eligible for CELA service you must have a public library card and a visual, physical or learning disability that prevents you from reading conventional print.
Need help? Contact CELA at 1-855-655-2273 or email@example.com
Alternate Education Resources Ontario (AERO) is a web-based digital repository operated by the Ontario Ministry of Education in partnership with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The mandate of AERO is to provide alternate format text to students with perceptual disabilities who attend publicly funded educational institutions in Ontario. AERO enables students with perceptual disabilities to access educational materials in a format they require and in a timely manner.
Each student and advisor must be registered with AERO prior to using this service. The school advisor can use the AERO online registration form on the AERO website
The Centre for Equitable Library Access, CELA, is Canada’s most comprehensive accessible reading service, providing books and other materials to Canadians with print disabilities in the formats of their choice. A national not-for-profit organization, CELA serves 90% of the estimated 3 million Canadians with print disabilities in partnership with member libraries and has users in every province and territory. CELA provides access to nearly 400,000 professionally produced titles to provide people with print disabilities with a quality library experience and proudly offers accessible materials to educators supporting students with a print disability.
Learn More About Print Disabilities and Alternative Formats: