Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia (AAWNS)

May 26th to June 1st, 2024

The 2024 theme is “Communities for All: Taking Action on Access Awareness

Check out all of our past events and community events to participate in Access Awareness Week in Nova Scotia including videos and photos!


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.

Nova Scotia was the first province in Canada to champion Access Awareness Week as an extension of Rick Hansen’s 1987 Man in Motion World Tour. During this initiative Rick and his team wheeled through 34 countries raising awareness about the potential of people with disabilities and the possibility of creating accessible and inclusive communities.

For 37 years, Nova Scotians have organized community events, press conferences, forums, concerts and lectures during Access Awareness Week to bring attention to the importance of removing barriers for people with disabilities. Through public awareness, community partnerships education and dialogue, Access Awareness Week aims to foster an environment of equitable participation for persons with disabilities.

The pioneering work of the disability community has made significant advances in the past, but much work remains to fully recognize the rights of all Nova Scotians and create a barrier-free province by 2030. Access Awareness Week gives Nova Scotians a chance to learn about the work of disability advocates and leaders across the province, while better understanding the barriers that still exist for persons with disabilities.

Check Out AAWNS Events!

Learn about events hosted by PAANS and community events across the province, You can also submit a community event here!

Participate by Taking Action!

Want to know how you can participate in Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia? Check out all the actions you can take and the resources to help you out!

Learn More About PAANS

Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia (PAANS), a committee under the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunties (NSLEO) plans and hosts Access Awareness Week in Nova Scotia. 

AAWNS Materials

Order AAWNS Materials!

We have materials with the Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia logo available to order. The materials with its prices are listed below.

  • 1 Flag – $75.65 plus shipping
  • 1 Sticker Sheet – 20 stickers – $8.00
  • Buttons (minimum of 25 buttons) – $12.50 plus $0.50 per additional button
  • Postcard – Free with purchase

You can order by filling out the form or emailing with the following information

  • Your Name
  • Your Email
  • Your Organization
  • Your full mailing address
  • Your order of materials with numbers of materials you would like to order

If you have any questions or concerns about the materials or your order, please email

Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia Materials Form

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Postcard Available to Download!

We have our Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia postcard in a PDF ready to download for your use.

This postcard is a 4X6 picture size. For best results, please set individual printers be set to print on both sides and to use cardstock to replicate the postcards we have available.

Front of Postcard

Description: Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia logo on the left side of the postcard. The title “Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia” is next to the logo on the right.

Back of Postcard

Description: Information relating to Access Awareness Week. Text states “Did you know? 2 in 5 Nova Scotians live with a disability. Since 1987 Access Awareness Week has been an annual celebration to promote accessibility and encourage Nova Scotians to take action on issues that impact persons with disabilities.” At the bottom of the postccard is a logo of Facebook and Instagrma to follow NSLEO on the left. On the right is a QR code to send people to and is written below for people who cannot access the QR code.

Access Awareness Week Materials for Printing

The Government of Nova Scotia has four (4) new postcards sized 5 by 7 inches, and posters sized 11 by 17 inches. Each postcard and poster has an English version and French version available to download as an accessible PDF.