The Needs Assessment component for Saskatchewan was primarily based on surveys distributed to SARC Member and Associate Member agencies and SARCAN depots, as well as to branches of the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living. Over two hundred surveys were also distributed nationally to disability organizations, with the intention of obtaining leads on appropriate resource materials.
In November 1998, a workshop entitled "Literacy for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities" was held at the SARC Fall Conference. The invited speaker, Lee Tavares-Jakubec, is the Coordinator / Facilitator of the Agassiz Independent Learning Centre (Beausejour, MB) and the Springfield Literacy Project (Dugald, MB). She led a very informative session.
In June 1999, another literacy presentation was held at the SARC Annual General Meeting and Conference. The program called "Painting with All the Colours of the Rainbow" featured speakers addressing the topics of The Spirit, The Mind, and The Body. The panel discussion for the topic of The Mind focused on the role of literacy in the lives of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The panelists were Richard Lockert, SARC Resource Developer, Sandra Busch, a self-advocate / learner from Manitoba, and Lee Tavares-Jakubec.
Several of SARC Member and Associate Member agencies have been borrowing and using some of the sample materials purchased for SARC's collection.
This project also included the development of a resource catalogue called "Inclusive Literacy: Annotated Listing of Resources Appropriate for Learners with Intellectual / Developmental Challenges."