Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia Events

Events

Thank You For a Great Week!

The Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia (PAANS) committee thanks everyone for participating in Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia 2024! You can now view all of our past events below.

Photos are now available to look back on. Check out our photos here.

Have photos and/or feedback about the week to improve for 2025? Click here to fill and submit a feedback form.

Proclamation Ceremony and the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards Presentation

Date: May 27, 2024 | Time: 9:00-11:00 AM | Location: Halifax City Hall (1841 Argyle St, Halifax, NS)

Flag Raising

Date: May 27, 2024 | Time: 1:00 PM | Location: Province House, (1726 Hollis St., Halifax)

Stumbling into Advocacy: Stories from Accidental Activists | Online Event

Date: May 29, 2024 | Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Location: Online via Zoom

Scholarship Luncheon

Date: May 31, 2024 | Time: 12:00 – 2:00 PM | Location: Atlantica Hotel, (1980 Robie St. at Quinpool, Halifax)

Community Events!

PAANS events are not the only events that are happening during Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia. Check out the community events in Nova Scotia!

Proclamation Ceremony and the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards Presentation

Date: May 27, 2024 | Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM | Location: Halifax City Hall (1841 Argyle St, Halifax, NS)

This is an hybrid event, both in-person and online options are available. This event will have ASL interpreters, CART, and sighted guide available for the event.

About the Event

Kicking off Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia with a proclamation of the week from the Halifax Regional Municipality to showcase the importance of access awareness. After the proclamation will be the presentation of the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards to celebrate the community leaders who have taken action toward increasing accessibility and improving the lives for people with disabilities.

This event will be live streamed. Check back in on May 27th to view this event on our YouTube Channel.

Access the livestream here. Or watch the livestream below on May 27th at 9:00 AM.

Flag Raising

Date: May 27, 2024 | Time: 1:00 PM | Location: Province House, (1726 Hollis St., Halifax)

This is an in-person event outside of the Province House. In case of poor weather, flag raising will be moved inside of Province House in the Red Room. ASL interpretation is available for this event. This event will be live streamed.

About the Event

Kick off Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia with the flag raising at Province House and Provincial Government proclamation, including a performance by multi-disciplinary artist Vanessa Furlong of Legacy Circus.

Flag-raising will be live streamed on the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission YouTube page.

Access the livestream here. Or watch the livestream below on May 27th at 1:00 PM.

Want this event on your calendar? Email programs@nsleo.com with the subject “Flag-Raising Event.”

Stumbling into Advocacy: Stories from Accidental Activists | Online Event

Date: May 29, 2024 | Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Location: Online via Zoom

This is an online event. This event will have ASL interpreters and CART for the event.

About the Event

Come and learn from the experiences of people with disabilities who didn’t choose to be activists, but must be, to live their life. They address gaps in our systems to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in their community. 

Photo of Josh Dunn. A male with brown hair and a beard wearing sunglasses and a brown jacket.

About Our Moderator: Josh Dunn

Josh Dunn is a multi-disciplinary artist living with cerebral palsy.  He began performing standup comedy in 2006 and has worked to appreciative audiences in a number of venues including Yuk Yuk’s.  Josh’s work took a more serious turn in 2013 when he was funded by Arts NS to write and perform the one man theatre show, The Sh*tshow (later renamed I’m Still Here in a 2018 revival).  In 2015 Josh was once again funded by Arts NS to create Pictures & Words, a series of 11 poems illustrated by architect Roger Mullin.  Ellen Gibling accompanied the reading on harp.  Josh’s most recent grant was in 2018 to create the film Our Heart’s Aren’t Disabled, a documentary examining the romantic lives of people with mobility challenges filmed by cinematographer Michael Fuller and edited by Orit Shimoni and Martin Van de Vrugt .  Josh then suffered a four month bout of psychosis at the end of 2018.  He has fully recovered and is committed to enjoying life and making the best art he can.  Josh also has a podcast called Gimpin’ Ain’t Eazy and in 2020 began to receive a small patronage to write a poem each month.  Our Hearts Aren’t Disabled debuted in FIN in September 2021.  In November 2021, Josh began a series of blended standup comedy and prose poetry shows he calls Truth Tellin’.  They are all new approximately 45 minute shows, with the most recent having been on February 17th, 2024.

Photo of Shaun Clark, a male smiling wearing a brown hat and brown jacket.

About Our Panelist: Shaun Clark

I had been born with disabilities, and acquired more throughout my life. I have grown up in poverty, and never found my way out of it. I have lived with a long-term illness and suffered the stress and complications of dealing with the medical community from that. I started volunteering to repay some of the charities that helped care for me when I was in need. One of the first boards I joined for advocacy was the disabled persons commission because as a disabled person, I felt there was much more that needed to be done for people like myself. I called that enlightened self interest. I never understood what advocacy was compared to activism. The easiest way I have to describe it right now. Is that an advocate looks at the facts and figures and tries to speak reason in a room of people who you are hoping will listen. And an activist is what happens to an advocate when they get frustrated and start screaming passionately in the streets. Everybody gets frustrated sometimes.

A photo of Mary Isaac. A female with ling brown hair with bangs wearing glasses and a white and pick t-shirt.

About Our Panelist: Mary Isaac

Mary Mae Isaac graduated in 2021 from St. Francis Xavier Bachelor of Arts and began her studies in education. She is an indigenous researcher and was recently hired as an instructor of Mi’kmaq Language and Culture in the StFX Department of Modern Languages. Mary Mae is a well-known and inspiring person on the StFX campus for her perseverance, grit, warm personality and smiles that light up every room. A wheelchair user due to cerebral palsy, Mary has been a strong advocate for student accessibility on campus, including having served as an advisor for St. FX’s Washroom Inclusivity Project, which resulted in advances in washroom accessibility. Mary is the mother of three young children.

Photo of Anna Quon. A female with short curly hair wearing a scarf in front of a green background.

About Our Panelist: Anna Quon

Poet, novelist and emerging filmmaker Anna Quon has worked in the not-for-profit sector for more than two decades, except for several years as a freelance journalist. Her poetry chapbook, Body Parts was published in 2021 by Gaspereau Press and her latest novel Where the Silver River Ends was released by Invisible Publishing in 2022, making a trilogy with her first two novels Low (2013) and Migration Songs (2009). After

winning the Launch, a film pitch competition for underrepresented filmmakers, in November 2022, Anna created her first short documentary film, Me and My Teeth which premiered at the Lunenburg Doc Fest in September 2023. 

 

Mixed-race, middle-aged and Mad, Anna is also a member of the Baha’i faith, a roommate to her aging dad, and a maker of art, including zines and simply animated films of her own poems which have shown at a number of small Canadian film festivals.

In addition to writing poetry and memoir, Anna facilitates a bi-weekly writers’ group for the Healthy Minds Cooperative and works part-time as a contract creativity facilitator for the Canadian Mental Health Association Halifax- Dartmouth Branch. Anna lives in Kjipuktuk (Halifax).

Scholarship Luncheon

Date: May 31, 2024 | Time: 12:00 – 2:00 PM | Location: Atlantica Hotel, (1980 Robie St. at Quinpool, Halifax)

This is an hybrid event, both in-person and online options are available. This event will have ASL interpreters, CART, and sighted guide available for the event.

About the Event

Celebrate the accomplishments of students with disabilities by joining our luncheon. This luncheon will be for the 2024 recipients of the scholarships for students with disabilities administered by the PAANS committee and presented by our sponsors.

This event will be live streamed. Check back in on May 31st to view this event on our YouTube Channel.

Access the livestream here. Or watch the livestream below on May 31st at 12:00 PM.

Want this event on your calendar? Please email programs@nsleo.com with the subject title “Virtual Scholarship Luncheon Event”

Photos from Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia 2024

HRM Mayor Mike Savage at City Hall giving a speech at a podium with Deputy Mayor next to him. ASL Interpreter is next to Mayor.
Naphtali Tucker standing at podium giving a speech at the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards event
Van Bernard and Hadley Frittenburg Accepting the Youth Champion Award along with Catherine Hebb and Taylah Carvery
MLA Iain Rankin at a podium on the stage at the Atlantica Hotel giving a speech
Breanna Mailman receiving scholarship from Scotiabank representative Rennée Julien on the stage at Atlantica Hotel.
Ashley Bona receiving scholarship from Casino Nova Scotia representative Melanie Wells on the stage at Atlantica Hotel.
Representatives from Inverness Development Association receiving the Community Action Award at the award ceremony at Richmond County event
Group of four people, two people in wheelchairs, two people half- standing posing with tennis rackets for a photo in between a net.
The Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia (AAWNS) flag is held at the doorway at the Sutherland Steam Mill
Van Bernard Accepting Dr. Sarah Moore's Exceptional Service Award along with Catherine Hebb and Taylah Carvery
Naphtali Tucker Accepting the Youth Champion Award along with Catherine Hebb and Taylah Carvery
Group photo of in-person Mel Hebb Award recipients. Left to right, Naphtali Tucker, Van Bernard, Hadley Frittenburg, and Caelin Lloyd
Caden Flynn at a podium on the stage at the Atlantica Hotel giving a speech
Peter William MacNeil receiving scholarship from Scotiabank representative Rennée Julien on the stage at Atlantica Hotel.
Ella Fraser receiving scholarship from Casino Nova Scotia representative Melanie Wells on the stage at Atlantica Hotel.
Gary Mattie receiving the Andre McConnell Award at the award ceremony at Richmond County event
Group of children with Vicky Leveck holding up certificate and drawings.
Caelin Lloyd at a podium giving a speech at the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards event
Van Bernard giving a speech at the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards event
Catherine Hebb at a podium giving a speech with Taylah Carvery on her side.
Mark Bent receiving scholarship from Scotiabank representative Rennée Julien on the stage at Atlantica Hotel.
Natalie Newcomb receiving scholarship from Scotiabank representative Rennée Julien on the stage at Atlantica Hotel.
Cheyenne Fisher receiving scholarship from NSLEO representative Sherry Costa-Lorenz on the stage at Atlantica Hotel.
The raising of the Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia (AAWNS) flag at Richmond County
Two people (one is Vicky Leveck), posing with a whiteboard between them with the poster of the Colouring Competition.
Caelin Lloyd Accepting the Encore Award along with Catherine Hebb and Taylah Carvery
Hadley Frittenburg giving a speech at the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards event
NSLEO's Executive Director Sherry Costa-Lorenz at the podium at HRM City Hall. The ASL Interpreter is next to her.
Mark Bent giving a speech at the podium on the stage at the Atlantica Hotel
Jenna Pelkey receiving scholarship from Scotiabank representative Rennée Julien on the stage at Atlantica Hotel.
An Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia (AAWNS) flag at Balmoral Grist Mill hanging at the rail.
Group photo of Scholarship Recipients, Sponsors, and Speakers in front of a Disability Partnership banner.
Vicky Leveck speaking to a room of children during the Colouring Competition Event
Group of four people in wheelchairs posing for a group photo during a Wheelchair Tennis event

Application

Event Funding for Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia

Nova Scotian individuals, groups or organizations can apply to potentially receive $100.00 or more. Funds awarded may vary from the amount applied for depending on the total number of applications received. Funds must be used solely for the purpose of Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia events in the year funds are received. Each applicant may apply only once a year.

All applications must be submitted by April 26th, 2024 by 4:30pm. You can apply with an online application form or fill out the PDF application form and email to programs@nsleo.com

Community Events

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We promote the inclusion of all Nova Scotians with disabilities as equals. If your community or group is planning a public awareness, community partnerships or education event, we are happy to promote it on this site.  

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Events

From the Community

Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia is for all Nova Scotians to promote and participate in to increase awareness around accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities. Come back in Spring of 2024 to submit and view community events across Nova Scotia!

Events

From the Community

Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia is for all Nova Scotians to promote and participate in to increase awareness around accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities. View community events below!

Municipal Access Awareness Week Events

Multiple Dates and Times

Location: Multiple Locations

National AccessAbility Week Nova Scotia – reachAbility

Multiple Dates and Time

Location: In-Person and Online Events

Inverness County | Access Awareness Week Events

Multiple Dates and Time

Location: Multiple Locations

Acadia University: National AccessAbility Week Events

Multiple Dates and Times

Location: Multiple Locations at Acadia University

Flag Raising and Proclamation Reading

May 27, 2024 | 10:00 AM

Location: Centenial Park (35 Church Street Middleton B0S 1P0)

The Municipality of the County of Richmond | Access Awareness Week Ceremony

May 27, 2024 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Location: Municipal Building – 2357 Highway 206, P.O. Box 120, Arichat, Nova Scotia B0E 1A0

Antigonish Access Awareness Week Proclamation Ceremony

May 27, 2024 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Location: East Coast Credit Union Social Enterprise Centre (75 St. Ninian Street, Antigonish, NS B2G 2R8)

Proclamation and Flag Raising

May 27, 2024 | 2:00 PM

Location: 181 Coldbrook Village Park Drive, Coldbrook, NS

Town of Pictou Access Awareness Week Proclamation Ceremony

May 27, 2024 | 4:00 PM

Location: Market Square, 19 Church St, Pictou, NS

Access Wolfville Open House

May 27, 2024 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Location: L’Arche Homefires (341 Main Street, Wolfville)

Equity and Accessibility

May 28, 2024 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Location: Online via Zoom

Mall Display

May 29, 2024

Location: Mayflower Mall Sydney (800 Grand Lake Rd)

SURGE Workshop: Accessibility Ready (SOLD OUT)

May 29, 2024 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: Atlantica Hotel Halifax, 1980 Robie Street

5 Ways to Disrupt Ableism at Work Skill Builder

May 29, 2024 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Location: Online

Art for Accessibility: Cartooning for Beginners

May 29, 2024 | 2:30 – 4:00 PM

Location: Antigonish Town and County Library

Human Rights, Disability and Accessibility

May 30, 2024 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Location: Online via Zoom

Wheelchair Tennis (Demonstration Event)

May 30, 2024 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Location: Cougar Dome (72 North Street, Truro) – Updated due to weather

Panel Discussion: Our Hearts Aren’t Disabled

May 30, 2024 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Location: Online (Zoom)

Academic Ableism and Its Alternatives

May 31, 2024 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Location: Online via Zoom

Giving Colour for Accessibility and Inclusion – Children’s Colouring Competition

June 1, 2024 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: 230 Larry Uteck Blvd, Halifax

Silent Disco

June 1, 2024 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Multiple Locations and Online

Accessibility Awareness Day

June 2, 2024 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Location: Bridgetown Regional Community School, (25 Cromwell Court Bridgetown NS)

Municipal Access Awareness Week Events

Where: Multiple Locations

When: Multiple Dates and Times

Many municipalities across Nova Scotia are particpiating in Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia. Check you local municipality to see what they are doing for the week of May 26th – June 1st, 2024.

From flag-raising and proclamations to the Silent Disco events, there are events across the province to celebrate and raise awareness!

National AccessAbility Week in Nova Scotia

Multiple Events | Both In-Person and Online

ReachAbility invites you to join us for National AccessAbility Week (NAAW), taking place from May 26 to June 1, 2024! Established in 2017, National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) is a time dedicated to celebrating the valuable contributions and leadership of Canadians with disabilities, as well as promoting efforts to increase accessibility and inclusion across the country.

This year Nova Scotia’s NAAW celebrations will feature numerous events across the province. Highlights include: an Interactive Online/in person Art Gallery and Open House at the reachAbility office.

A poster of Inverness County's events for Access Awareness Week.

Inverness County | Access Awareness Week Events

Where: Multiple Locations

When: Multiple Dates and Times

Join us in raising awareness and celebrating achievements made by and for people with disabilities. Together we can imporve accessibility. Inverness County has two events to highlight for Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia.

Proclamation and Flag Raising

May 27, 2024 at 11:00 AM

375 Main Street, Port Hood

Adaptive Equipment “Try-It” Event and Barbeque

May 30, 2024 at 1:00 PM

Al MacInnis Sports Centre, Port Hood

Acadia University: National AccessAbility Week Events

Where: Multiple locations at Acadia University

When: Multiple Dates and Times

National AccessAbility Week celebrates and highlights some of the important initiatives aimed at creating an Accessible Canada. Acadia is hosting several activities on campus and virtually that will allow our community to connect, share, and learn about various issues related to accessibility.

Flag Raising and Proclamation Reading

Where: Centenial Park (35 Church Street Middleton B0S 1P0)

When: May 27, 2024 at 10:00 AM

 

We will gather to raise the Accessibility Flag and the Mayor will read the proclamation to begin Accessibility Week. We have invited students from Annapolis East Elementary School to attend and it is open to the public

The Municipality of the County of Richmond | Access Awareness Week Ceremony

Where: Municipal Building – 2357 Highway 206, Arichat, Nova Scotia B0E 1A0

When: May 27, 2024 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM

 

The Municipality of the County of Richmond is excited to host an event for Access Awareness Week on May 27th.

Flag Raising and Proclamation Ceremony will start at 10:30 AM to raise the flag and proclaim the week.

Award and Scholarship Ceremony will start at 11:00 AM to present Cape Breton’s Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards and PAANS Scholarship Recipients.

Antigonish Access Awareness Week Proclamation Ceremony

Where: Eastcoast Credit Union Social Enterprise Centre, (75 St. Ninian Street, Antigonish, NS B2G 2R8)

When: May 27, 2024 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

 

A proclamation ceremony acknowledging Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia 2024 in Antigonish and surrounding communities will be held at the Eastcoast Credit Union Social Enterprise Centre from 12-1pm. Everyone welcome. If you have any questions about the event, please email aawns2024@gmail.com

Proclamation and Flag Raising

Where: 181 Coldbrook Village Park Drive, Coldbrook, NS

When: May 27, 2024 at 2:00 PM

 

Join us at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers to recognize the achievements of persons with disabilities in our community.If you have any questions about the event, please email kmacarthur@countyofkings.ca

Town of Pictou Access Awareness Week Proclamation Ceremony

Where: Market Square, 19 Church St, Pictou, NS

When: May 27, 2024 at 4:00 PM

 

Please join Town Officials and members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee in kicking off Access Awareness Week with a proclamation ceremony acknowledging Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia 2024 in the Town of Pictou. Everyone welcome.

Access Wolfville Open House

Where: L’Arche Homefires (341 Main Street, Wolfville)

When: May 27, 2024 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM

 

Stop by the Community Room at L’Arche Homefires between 5pm and 6:30pm on Monday, May 27 to learn about the social model of disability, to celebrate progress we have made and to help us identify barriers that still need our attention. This is an event filled with interactive learning, sharing, snacks and surprises. The theme for Access Awareness Week is Communities for All – Taking Action on Access Awareness so join us and share your ideas, insights and lived experience to help us make Wolfville more accessible!

Equity and Accessibility

Where: Online via Zoom

When: May 28, 2024 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM

 

An online panel exploring the meaning of accessibility from an equity perspective and discussing promising directions in equity-oriented accessibility work featuring Dr. Wendy Mackey, Associate Professor of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Leadership within the Faculty of Education at StFX University, Dr. Emmanuel Banchani, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at StFX University, and Ms. Liza Arnason, Founder of ASE Community Foundation for Black Canadians with Disabilities.

Mall Display

Where: Mayflower Mall Sydney (800 Grand Lake Rd)

When: May 29, 2024

Canadian Council of the Blind will have several members at a table plus a guide dog in the mall with many of our “tools” we use to assist us in our daily living. Canadian Council of the Blind are passing out material such as our White Cane Magazines, leaflets and other items with lots of information. Also, Canadian Council of the Blind are very willing to talk about living with blindness and about the activities available in our area.

Banner for the Surge Workshop: Accessibility Ready

SURGE Workshop: Accessibility Ready (SOLD OUT)

Where: Atlantica Hotel Halifax, 1980 Robie Street

When: May 29, 2024 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

 

Do you have a store front or office that needs upgrading? Is your business ready to comply with the Accessibility Act guidelines by 2030? Are you looking to broaden your hiring practices with inclusive hiring, but don’t know where to start?

Becoming accessible doesn’t have to be expensive or overwhelming! The Halifax Chamber, along with our partners, are bringing together industry experts to help you start, or continue, your journey of accessibility and inclusion.

Join us on Wednesday, May 29th as we look at several key areas that businesses need to address in their physical and digital spaces, hiring practices, and available resources as we work towards a more inclusive and accessible future for all Nova Scotians.

This event will feature a series of speakers sharing knowledge at a high and comprehensive level, followed by an opportunity to join smaller breakout discussions with more specific topics including built environment, broadening your hiring practices, and more.

5 Ways to Disrupt Ableism at Work Skill Builder

Where: Online

When: May 29, 2024 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM

 

Participants will explore actionable strategies to foster accessibility.

During this skill builder we will:
• Identify how and where ableism exists in our workplaces
• Explore 5 ways to disrupt ableism at work, including the assumptions we make, the questions we ask, and where our money goes.
• Embrace personal, interpersonal, and structural actions to disrupt ableism

Sea Change CoLab offers many free trainings as part of their Accessibility Confident Employers (ACE) Project which includes all of the skill builders and our other cohort trainings! Check out their trainings here.

Art for Accessibility: Cartooning for Beginners

Where: Antigonish Town and County Library

When: May 29, 2024 from 2:30-4:00pm

 

In honor of Access Awareness Week, join local disabled artist and advocate, Anne Camozzi, for a humorous look at accessibility through the lens of cartooning. Anne’s cartoon character Rowan, explores Antigonish in their wheelchair. No prior art experience necessary. Materials are provided but please bring your sense of humour, compassion, and willingness to try something new! Adults and children welcome.This program is drop-in, registration is not required.

Poster for the Human Rights, Disability and Accessibility Webinar on May 30th.

Human Rights, Disability and Accessibility

Where: Online via Zoom

When: May 30, 2024 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM

An online panel conversation intended to raise awareness of human rights issues related to disability and accessibility, and some ways these issues are being addressed, featuring Tamara Powell, Human Rights Education and Response Advocate at StFX, Dr. Tammy Bernasnky, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, Cape Breton University, and Sheila Wildeman, associate professor of law and associate director of the Health Law Institute in the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

ASL interpretation and Zoom captioning provided.

A poster for the Wheelchair Tennis event by the Truro Tennis Club for Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia.

Wheelchair Tennis (Demonstration Event)

Where: Cougar Dome, 72 North Street, Truro (Rain Location on May 30th)

When: May 30, 2024 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Truro Tennis Club will host an evening of wheelchair tennis on May 30th from 5:30 to 7 pm. The event will be led by Marijke Nel, Technical Director of Tennis Nova Scotia and lead coach of the wheelchair tennis programs in the Province. She will be bringing several wheelchair tennis athletes with her to showcase their talents. Attendees will have the opportunity to try playing wheelchair tennis following the demonstration. We hope you can join us!

For more information, contact Jennifer at camerondonjen@gmail.com

Poster for "Our Hearts Aren't Disabled" with the Atlantic International Film Festival logo and Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission logo. Josh Dunn (white male brown hair, beard, with glasses) is the photo on the poster.

Panel Discussion: Our Hearts Aren’t Disabled

Where: Online (Zoom)

When: May 30, 2024 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Join in an online panel discussion taking place on Zoom as Josh Dunn, Vicky Levack and Tammy Bernasky share their perspectives on themes highlighted in the documentary film Our Hearts Aren’t Disabled.

About the Film

Our Hearts Aren’t Disabled examines the romantic lives and trials of six people living with mobility challenges. Its characters are people of different ages, genders, orientations, and ethnicities. Multi-disciplinary artist Josh Dunn features as both subject and interviewer as he endeavors to shed light on the difficulties he and others face. Sometimes a painful journey filled with heartbreak, Our Hearts Aren’t Disabled also features a healthy dose of wit, humour, and perseverance, helping the viewer to see that disability places no barrier on the power and beauty of one’s humanity.

Note: Portions of the film contain profanity and comedy touching on subjects like sexuality and intimate partner violence.

Academic Ableism and Its Alternatives

Where: Online via Zoom

When: May 31, 2024 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

 

An interactive talk by Dr. Jay Dolmage exploring ableism in higher education and discussing strategies and tools to support more accessible classrooms and campuses. Introduction and facilitation by Dr. Erin Austen, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, St. Francis Xavier University.

 
Dr. Jay Dolmage is committed to disability rights in his scholarship, service, and teaching. He is Professor and Chair of the English Department at University of Waterloo, founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, and author of Disability Rhetoric (Syracuse University Press, 2014), Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education (Michigan University Press, 2017), and Disabled Upon Arrival: Eugenics, Immigration, and the Construction of Race and Disability (Ohio State University Press, 2018).

 

ASL and Zoom captioning will be provided.

Poster of the Giving Colour for Accessibility and Inclusion - Children’s Colouring Completion event by Rayan Foundation. Read the event details for more information.

Giving Colour for Accessibility and Inclusion – Children’s Colouring Competition

Where: 230 Larry Uteck Blvd, Halifax

When: June 1st, 2024 from 10.30 AM to 12.30 PM

 

The event is planned to bring awareness about accessibility and inclusion among children and their families. The program is organised among new immigrant families based in Halifax. Attractive cash prizes and gifts will be given for all participants. Famous figures from the disability community will interact with the children and share their lived experience.

Limited seats available. You can fill out the Google Form below or contact Muhammed Asrath Paro Thodukayil at 902 719 9790.

 

Check out Rayan Foundation on Facebook and Instagram!

A poster for the Silent Disco event which is accessible, inclusive, and for all ages! Celebrate Access Awareness Week NS and National AccessAbility Week by participating in the Silent Disco on June 1st, 2024 from 3-5 PM. More information about the event in the details section.

Silent Disco

Where: Multiple Locations and Online

When: June 1, 2024 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM

 

Do you love live DJ events but like to dance to your own beat, and control your own volume? Come join us in person or virtually to attend the first ever Access Awareness Silent Disco held in two Nova Scotia locations with live DJs and Silent Disco headsets to control your own volume and provide choice of 3 music channels, while enjoying an inclusive, accessible event for all ages. A virtual option to attend in your own space or hold a community watch party to enjoy the event from anywhere is also available.

Sponsored by the Municipal Accessibility Support Program (AMANS) and the Accessibility Directorate (Province of Nova Scotia) this event brings technology and community together to create an accessible way to enjoy music and movement, while spreading joy and access awareness everywhere!

There are three ways to participate:

1. Live DJ Main Silent Disco Event

In-person in Richmond County, Cape Breton

Address: Louisdale Lions Club, 3128 Whiteside Rd, Louisdale, Richmond County

Register for the Live DJ Main Silent Disco Event here.

2. Live DJ and Streaming of Main Event

In-person in West Hants where they will have a live DJ plus a big-screen streaming from Richmond’s event.

Address: Windsor Community Centre, 78 Thomas St, Windsor

Register for the West Hants’ Silent Disco Event here.

3. Join Virtually!

You can participate in the Silent Disco by joining the livestream from the main Silent Disco event in Richmond.  You can join whether it is in the comfort of your own space or an activity with others. ASL Interpreters and CART will be available on the livestream via Zoom.

Register for the Virtual Silent Disco here.

This is a cross-collaboration event of Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia and National AccessAbility Week! Big thank you to the partners reachAbility, PAANS, NSLEO, PEACH Research Unit, and Evolution Sounds Entertainment for their contirbutions to make this event happen!

Accessibility Awareness Day

Where: Bridgetown Regional Community School, (25 Cromwell Court Bridgetown NS)

When: June 2, 2024 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM

 

We have an afternoon of events planned, including wheelchair basketball, experiential learning activities, games, information tables from several agencies and municipalities, mini hearts ranch will have their miniature ponies and so much more.

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How You Can Participate

Recognize Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia by getting involved locally, in your communities with organizations working to remove barriers to inclusion, including their local municipalities. Learn about the many ways to take action on access awareness.