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How to Participate in Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia

Recognize Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia 2024 by getting involved locally, in your communities with organizations working to remove barriers to inclusion, including their local municipalities. Whether it is hosting an event, celebrating Nova Scotian leaders in accessibility, ordering an Access Awareness Week flag, or sharing resources to improve access, there are many ways to get involve in Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia. 

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How to Participate in Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia

Recognize Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia 2024 by getting involved locally, in your communities with organizations working to remove barriers to inclusion, including their local municipalities. Whether it is hosting an event, celebrating Nova Scotian leaders in accessibility, ordering an Access Awareness Week flag, or sharing resources to improve access, there are many ways to get involve in Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia. 

Events

Plan an Activity!

Plan an event to raise awareness and continue the conversation on the experiences of people with disabilities in your organization. There are many events you can do both big and small such as:

  • Event with Speakers
  • Video Screenings
  • Book Reviews
  • Flag Raising and Proclamation Ceremonies 
  • Open Houses
  • Lunch and Learn
  • Activites such as Art, Recreation, and Action
  • and so much more!

Part of access awareness is making sure that the event is accessible and inclusive. Check out some resources below to help make your event accessible!

Having a public event in Nova Scotia for Access Awareness Week? Submit your event below. 

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Order AAWNS Materials!

We have materials available to order to promote Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia (AAWNS) and help with your Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia event. We have

  • AAWNS Flag
  • AAWNS Stickers 
  • AAWNS Buttons
  • AAWNS Postcards

 

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Order AAWNS Materials!

We have materials available to order to promote Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia (AAWNS) and help with your Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia event. We have

  • AAWNS Flag
  • AAWNS Stickers
  • AAWNS Buttons
  • AAWNS Postcards

 

Spread the Word

Share about Access Awareness

Share the word about Access Awareness Week and the importance of improving access and disability inclusion in Nova Scotia through

  • Employee engagement and diversity committees
  • Websites, social media channels
  • Employee broadcast emails or newsletters
  • Staff meetings
  • Municipal Proclamation. Check out our template for 2024 here.

Make sure that spaces both physical and online is as accessible as possible. Check out a few resources below.

 

 

Resources to Share

We have resources through social media posts that we are sharing for Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia! Check out the campagins and NSLEO’s social media below.

Quality of Life for Persons with Disabilties 

The Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunties is doing a social media campaign on Facebook and Instagram to highlight the Quality of Life Index for Persons with Disabilities work. In the spirit of access awareness, we have create 20 social media posts to highlight information from the index in a simple format.

Facts for Access Awareness

Share some facts about disability, access awareness, and Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia!

There are five (5) posts about different facts that can be shared for access awareness. Content includes disability rate, income, labour force particpation, and Access Awareness Week specfic facts. 

Note: Fact #6 is coming soon

Engage

Check Out Activities and Events!

There are many events that are happening from May 26th – June 1st, 2024 from events hosted by PAANS to community events across the province. Check out the events that are happening during Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia! 

 

Engage

Check Out Activities and Events!

There are many events that are happening from May 26th – June 1st, 2024 from events hosted by PAANS to community events across the province. Check out the events that are happening during Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia! 

 

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Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia

Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia is driven by a single goal; to change the narrative for persons with disabilities by doing our part in raising awareness and taking action on disability issues. The events and initiatives hosted during this week are informed by first voice using a disability lens to ensure inclusion and accessibility for everyone.

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Additional Resources

Government of Nova Scotia Resources

Accessibility Directorate Resource Hub

Resources such as Access Includes Everyone campaign materials, posters, Microsoft Teams backgrounds, and email signatures.

Accessibility Directorate Website

For more information on what the Accessibility Directorate is and their role for accessibility legislation.

Impacts of COVID-19 Infographics

Check the inforgraphics below for information from the Accessibility Directorate and the Government of Nova Scotia on the impacts of COVID-19 on Nova Scotians with disabilities. 

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Accessibility is Important to Nova Scotians

Source: Public opinion research survey conducted by telephone, February and March 2022 </p>
<p>9 out of 10 know that accessibility is a human right </p>
<p>80% say that accessibility is very important to them </p>
<p>6 out of 10 know we have a goal to be accessible by 2030

Information about Infographic

Source: Public opinion research survey conducted by telephone, February and March 2022 

  • 9 out of 10 know that accessibility is a human right 

  • 80% say that accessibility is very important to them 

  • 6 out of 10 know we have a goal to be accessible by 2030 

Barriers experienced by Nova Scotians with disabilities

Source: Public opinion research survey conducted by telephone, February and March 2022 </p>
<p>Most common barriers faced by respondents with disabilities are Built Environment, Stigma/Attitudinal, Supports for Daily Living, Employment, and Communication. </p>
<p>86% of Nova Scotians know there are barriers other than accessing buildings and public spaces

Information about Infographic

Source: Public opinion research survey conducted by telephone, February and March 2022 

  • Most common barriers faced by respondents with disabilities are Built Environment, Stigma/Attitudinal, Supports for Daily Living, Employment, and Communication. 

  • 86% of Nova Scotians know there are barriers other than accessing buildings and public spaces 

Awareness of Disability and Inclusion

Source: Public opinion research survey conducted by telephone, February and March 2022 </p>
<p>3 out of 4 Nova Scotians feel comfortable telling others they have a disability </p>
<p>96% of Nova Scotians know disabilities can be visible and invisible </p>
<p>1 out of 3 Nova Scotians interact daily with someone who has a disability

Information about Infographic

Source: Public opinion research survey conducted by telephone, February and March 2022 

  • 3 out of 4 Nova Scotians feel comfortable telling others they have a disability 

  • 96% of Nova Scotians know disabilities can be visible and invisible 

  • 1 out of 3 Nova Scotians interact daily with someone who has a disability 

The Impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities

Source: Public opinion research survey conducted by telephone, February and March 2022</p>
<p>Four in five people with disabilities say COVID-19 has negatively impacted them</p>
<p>Top three negative impacts: Isolation/lack of social interactions / Employment/financial impact / Mental health impact</p>
<p>Overall health and wellbeing for people with disabilities is 21% worse than before COVID-19 </p>
<p>Mental and emotional wellbeing for people with disabilities is 23% worse than before COVID-19 </p>
<p>Financial situation for people with disabilities is 24% worse than before COVID-19

Information about Infographic

Source: Public opinion research survey conducted by telephone, February and March 2022

  • Four in five people with disabilities say COVID-19 has negatively impacted them

  • Top three negative impacts: Isolation/lack of social interactions / Employment/financial impact / Mental health impact

  • Overall health and wellbeing for people with disabilities is 21% worse than before COVID-19 

  • Mental and emotional wellbeing for people with disabilities is 23% worse than before COVID-19 

  • Financial situation for people with disabilities is 24% worse than before COVID-19 

National AccessAbility Week Resources

National AccessAbility Week is happening the same week as Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia. Check out some of the organizations that contribute to the national initiative.

Rick Hansen Foundation

National AccessAbility Week was founded as ‘National Access Awareness Week’ in 1988 and inspired by Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour.

Easter Seals Canada

Red Shirt Day is hosted by Easter Seals Canada that is happening during National AccessAbility Week. Learn how to participate below.

reachAbility 

In Nova Scotia, reachAbility lead National AccessAbility Week. Check out what they are doing in the province to connect with the national intiative.

Government of Canada Resources

Accessibility Standards Canada

Check out resources relating to accessible communications for COVID-19 and accessible and inclusive workplace guidelines.

Employment and Social Development Canada

Learn more about the Accessible Canada Act (ACA) and what the Government of Canada is working on for an Accessible Canada.

NSLEO Resources

Book List

Check out some book recomodations relating to disabilty experience and access awareness. 

Emergency Prepareness

Preparing for an emergency is important, especially with the increasing weather events that has been happening in Nova Scotia. 

Communications

Want to learn how to improve your communications practices for persons with disabilities, check out some resources below.