Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia

This week-long initiative brings together various stakeholders, including community organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and individuals, to engage in discussions, workshops, and activities centered around accessibility and disability rights. The event aims to foster a more inclusive society by addressing the barriers faced by people with disabilities and promoting understanding and acceptance. Through educational sessions, interactive events, and initiatives, Access Awareness Week serves as a catalyst for positive change, encouraging individuals and organizations to actively work towards creating a more accessible and inclusive environment for all members of the community.


International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Recognized on December 3rd each year, this day serves as a platform to advocate for the rights and well-being of people with disabilities. NSLEO organizes various activities, seminars, and workshops aimed at educating the public, challenging societal misconceptions, and fostering a more inclusive environment. Through this important initiative, NSLEO strives to promote equal opportunities, eliminate barriers, and empower individuals with disabilities to fully participate in all aspects of life. By celebrating diversity and embracing the abilities and contributions of every person, NSLEO’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities plays a crucial role in creating a more inclusive and accessible society for all.


Quality of Life Index

In 2022, the Nova Scotia Accessibility Directorate provided funding to the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities (NSLEO) to lead the development of a Quality of Life Index (QOLI) for people with disabilities as well as a baseline report. This report is the first step in developing the Quality of Life Index that will be used by disability organizations, the Nova Scotia Government, Prescribed Public Sector Bodies, and other stakeholders to monitor the protection of human rights of people with disabilities and the implementation of the Nova Scotia Accessibility Act.


ONE Action

In 2019, the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women funded the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities and Easter Seals Nova Scotia to conduct research on the issue of women with disabilities who experience domestic violence. The goal was to give voice to women with disabilities who have experienced domestic violence.

The project held 12 community sessions across Nova Scotia. We heard first-person stories about violence and survival. Staff from organizations that serve women said they needed to help women with disabilities. ONE Action is a continued effort to support the women whose voices we’ve heard.

Even one action, one person and one change can make a difference.


Mel Hebb Awards

Named in honor of Mel Hebb, a trailblazing advocate for social justice, these awards celebrate individuals and organizations who have made significant strides in promoting equal opportunities for marginalized communities. The Mel Hebb Awards acknowledge exceptional efforts in areas such as advocacy, community engagement, and policy development. Through these awards, the NSLEO aims to inspire and motivate others to continue the important work of creating a more just and inclusive society for all Nova Scotians.



NSLEO offers scholarships to deserving students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievements and a strong passion for social justice. These scholarships aim to alleviate financial barriers and provide deserving students with the means to pursue their educational goals. By investing in the education of talented individuals, the NSLEO aims to create a more equitable society and cultivate future leaders who will champion equality and advocate for marginalized communities.


ReadABILITY program

ReadAbility introduces children ages 3 and up to the concept of living with a disability through stories, music and hands on activities. Through the experiences of first voice, children learn how people with disabilities live independently, enjoy hobbies, go to school, work, engage in their community and participate in activities.

Led by first voice volunteers with a variety of backgrounds, this project focuses on children and youth and reflects diverse abilities with the goal of understanding full inclusion.

Each book is written for children and takes just a few minutes to read. They’re available for loan at your local public library or can be borrowed through inter-library loan service. This is updated as new books are identified. Please contact the League with any suggested additions.

Click here for a list of books recommended for the ReadABILITY program

For additional book suggestions or books for other age groups, many organizations have curated lists of children’s books about disabilities, including; The Iris Center: and Little Parachutes:


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Get Involved

We envision a future where the abilities of persons with disabilities are fully recognized, developed and living as equals in society.

Our initiatives would not be possible without the involvement of First Voice and the cross-sector collaboration from the community, government, and businesses to reach the goal of an accessible and barrier-free province. 

Interested in contributing to one of our initiatives, send us a message!