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Accessibility Information

Programs that provide information about the accessibility of parks, airports, public buildings and other facilities for use by people who have restricted mobility. Also included are programs that provide general information about accessibility in home, work and community settings.

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Charity Information

Programs that provide authoritative lists of charitable organizations in a particular community or detailed information about the operations and finances of a specific organization based on its most recent annual return filed with Canada Revenue Agency.

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Electronic Information Resources

Programs that permit individuals using personal computers equipped with modems and communications software to access information and services that reside on or are available through remote computers. Included are programs that maintain Internet websites which provide information and/or services for users as well as those that offer on-line connection services which help users identify and locate the information and services they need.

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Information and Referral

Programs whose primary purpose is to maintain information about human service resources in the community and to link people who need assistance with appropriate service providers and/or to supply descriptive information about the agencies or organizations which offer services. The information and referral process involves establishing contact with the individual, assessing the individual's long and short-term needs, identifying resources to meet those needs, providing a referral to identified resources, and, where appropriate, following up to ensure that the individual's needs have been met.

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Information Lines

Programs that provide live or recorded information about a particular topic or service that interested individuals can access by telephone. Also included are organizations that provide this type of topical information via an Internet website.

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Libraries

Facilities which house a collection of materials including books, manuscripts, journals, government documents and nonprint formats such as paintings, musical recordings, videotapes, films and data files on magnetic tape which are organized to provide physical, bibliographic and intellectual access to a targeted group of people and which generally make available staff to provide services and programs related to the information needs of the targeted group.

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Library Services

Libraries and other facilities that offer a range of activities and services which are designed to meet the information and learning needs of patrons and to facilitate their enjoyment of library resources. Included are reference services, programs which introduce and encourage reading, services which enable people who cannot access the facility to utilize library resources and special collections which provide access to a broad spectrum of general and specialized book and nonbook material as well as reading material in alternative formats.

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Maps

Programs that supply any of a wide variety of maps, charts, atlases or other guides including road maps, postal code maps, time zone maps, demographic maps, city centre maps, topographical and survey maps, weather charts or astronomical charts for residents of the community and travellers. Included are programs that give away or sell copies of maps to interested parties as well as those that maintain maps for research or related purposes.

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Media/Communications

Radio and television stations, book publishers, newspaper publishers, producers and distributors of film and video and other members of the media and communications industries that serve as channels of communication for news, entertainment, advertising and other matters of current interest which may include special public service features or programming for the community.

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Public Awareness/Education

Programs that utilize a wide variety of materials including pamphlets and other literature, media presentations, speakers, workshops, directories, newsletters and outreach and prevention programs to make the public aware of the human service needs of the community, the resources that are available to meet those needs, and the issues which are relevant to specific social problems and the measures that have been proposed for their solution.

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Service Sector/Industry Statistics

Programs that are responsible for collecting, tabulating, presenting and analyzing statistics which relate to the activities of agencies, businesses and other organizations that are part of a particular service sector or industry. Sector categories group similar types of organizations based on what they do, e.g., the types of services they provide, the raw materials they process or the products they manufacture. Statistical reports may be national, provincial or local in scope.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.