Oct. 14, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 25th edition of the Directory of Services Offered to Persons With Disabilities in New Brunswick was released today by the Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons.
The council has been producing the free annual directory since 1984. It contains information on programs and services offered by government and community groups, and the amount of information in the directory has grown steadily, with recent editions numbering well over 200 pages. Each listing has a description of the program or service being offered, with the relevant contact information.
"We would like to have as many people as possible benefit from this valuable resource," said Laura Peters, council president. "IIt is unfortunate when someone goes without a needed program or service because he or she does not know it exists. This directory gives people all of the information they need."
Programs and services may be searched by either the index by general subject or the alphabetical index. The subjects indexed are: children; counselling; education and learning; employment; funding and financial assistance; housing and residential services; professional associations; recreation, sport and active living; rehabilitation equipment and services; respite; seniors; support groups and hot-lines; transportation; and a generic category of disability groups offering multiple services.
"The directory is currently offered for free," said Randy Dickinson, executive director of the council. "However, the actual combined cost of printing and mailing it is about $14. Taking this into account, we hope that users will use the directory online, which is always the most up-to-date."
The directory is available online in both official languages, or by calling the office of the Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons toll-free at 1-800-442-4412.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Randy Dickinson or Christyne Allain, Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons, 506-444-3000.