Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia

May 26th – June 1st

Celebrating 38th Access Awareness Week in 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.

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 equal 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.

AAWNS Events

What happening during Access Awareness Week?

There are many efforts that shaped Access Awareness Week. This year, we are focusing on inclusion in communities and encouring action on access awareness with the theme, “Communities for All: Taking Action on Access Awareness.” Check out the events that are happening from May 26th to June 1st in Nova Scotia!

Flag Raising and Proclamation Ceremony

With accessibility and inclusion always in the forefront, we strive to educate and develop strategies through new partnerships and initiatives on disabilities. Changing the perception and narrative are things that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact.

Taylah Carvery presenting Community Action Award to Region of Queens Municipality (2023)

Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards

With inclusion and equitable access always in mind, we strive to recognize the work being done by community champions. Accessibility and inclusion are things we take very seriously, and our champions are working each and every day to make a positive impact. Learn more about the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards.

Scholarship Luncheon

Throughout Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts. Education is particularly challenging for students with disabilities but through community empowerment and sponsors we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference and invite you to learn more and lend your support.

Community Events

During Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia, organizations in both the private and public sector take a leadership role and host events in their communities to raise awareness about accessibility and inclusion. Through community empowerment, events large and small facilitate conversations and actions for progress. Get involve by hosting an event in you community. 

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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. There are many ways to get involved.

Flag Raising at Grand Parade - 2023

The price of one flag is $75.65 plus shipping.

AAWNS Flag

Interested in flying an AAWNS Flag?

You can order by filling out the form or emailing ed@nsleo.com with the following information

  • Your Name
  • Your Email
  • Number of Flag(s) you would like to order
  • and your full mailing address

The price of one flag is $75.65 plus shipping.

Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia Flag Form

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Resources

NSLEO Resources

Government of Nova Scotia Resources

  • Accessibility Directorate Resource Hub for 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.
  • 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. 

 

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

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

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

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

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