Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons

New directory for persons with disabilities launched (09/10/13)

NB 1550

Oct. 13, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 26th edition of the Directory of Services Offered to Persons with Disabilities in New Brunswick was launched on Friday, Oct. 9, 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. The amount of information has increased steadily, with recent editions well over 200 pages. Each listing has a description of the program or service being offered, with the relevant contact information.

"The directory of services is a valuable resource for all persons with disabilities in New Brunswick," said Michelle Horncastle, chairperson of the council. "We hope that this directory helps many individuals find the programs and services they need on their path to becoming more self-sufficient."

Programs and services may be searched by index, general subject or the alphabetical index. The subjects included 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 hotlines; transportation; and a generic category of disability groups offering multiple services.

"The directory is currently offered for free," said Christyne Allain, executive director of the council. "However, the actual combined cost of printing and mailing a directory is about $16. Taking this into account, we hope that users will use the online directory, which is always the most up-to-date version."

The Directory of Services Offered to People with Disabilities in New Brunswick 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.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Christyne Allain, Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons, 506-444-3000.

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