2005 Recipient: University of Toronto, Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC)

Adaptive Technology Resource Centre receives award from CNIB Library

(Calgary, June 15, 2005) – The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) Library presented the 2005 Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award to the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC) of the University of Toronto, at a reception during the Canadian Library Association conference in Calgary, Alberta, June 15, 2005.

L to R: Jane Beaumont, Chair, CNIB Library Board, award recipient Jutta Treviranus, ATRC, and Kathy Culhane, CNIB, Calgary

“The ATRC provides a much-needed service to students and other members of the University of Toronto community. Receiving the Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award is a well-deserved honour,” commented Mahadeo Sukhai, a student who uses the resources of the ATRC.

The CNIB Library offers the award in tribute to Dr. Dayton M. Forman, an exceptional humanitarian and longstanding CNIB volunteer, who exemplified the leadership required to make a difference for three million Canadians who cannot access print due to a disability.

The recipient is awarded a silver medal bearing the likeness of Dr. Forman and an inscription in print and braille.

The ATRC promotes and advances information technology that is universally accessible through research, development, education, design consultation, and direct service. While the ATRC has a model accessibility centre located at the University of Toronto, the services, research and programs of the centre reach beyond national borders.

The ATRC was established in 1994 by Jutta Treviranus who had long realized that information technology, the Internet, and the emerging World Wide Web if designed correctly, could overcome a large number of barriers faced by people with disabilities. Ms. Treviranus also felt passionately that the emerging technologies should be designed from the start to be accessible to people with disabilities.

The CNIB Library for the Blind is a not-for-profit, national organization offering library and information services to 105,000 Canadians who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1906 by Canada’s first blind university graduate, the Library merged with the newly founded CNIB in 1918.

For more information, please contact:

CNIB Library
(416) 486-2500 ext. 7520

Image Caption: L to R: Jane Beaumont, Chair, CNIB Library Board, award recipient Jutta Treviranus, ATRC, and Kathy Culhane, CNIB, Calgary, June 2005.

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