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PAANS & Access Awareness

About

PAANS

In 1987, Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion Tour brought issues of ability and access into the national spotlight. In response, National Access Awareness Week was born. Although the national scope of the week diminished the spirit of Hansen’s quest lives on through Nova Scotia’s provincial Access Awareness Week. Held at the end of May, the week celebrates achievements made both by and for people with disabilities in the areas of accessibility, transportation, housing, employment, recreation, education and communication.

PAANS is a committee of the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities and was created to oversee the planning of the week’s events ensuring the week continued to be both vibrant and relevant to the needs of the province’s citizens.

Encouraging accessibility options for Nova Scotians with disabilities in:

  • Families

  • Housing

  • Recreation

  • Education

  • Employment

  • Transportation

  • Communication

About

PAANS

In 1987, Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion Tour brought issues of ability and access into the national spotlight. In response, National Access Awareness Week was born. Although the national scope of the week diminished the spirit of Hansen’s quest lives on through Nova Scotia’s provincial Access Awareness Week. Held at the end of May, the week celebrates achievements made both by and for people with disabilities in the areas of accessibility, transportation, housing, employment, recreation, education and communication.

PAANS is a committee of the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities and was created to oversee the planning of the week’s events ensuring the week continued to be both vibrant and relevant to the needs of the province’s citizens.

Encouraging accessibility options for Nova Scotians with disabilities in:

  • Families

  • Housing

  • Recreation

  • Education

  • Employment

  • Transportation

  • Communication

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Mission

To promote the inclusion of all Nova Scotians with disabilities as equals. Through public awareness, community partnerships and education, we aim to foster an environment of equal participation for persons with disabilities within Nova Scotia, Canada and around the world.

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Access Awareness Week

To promote the inclusion of all Nova Scotians with disabilities as equals. Through public awareness, community partnerships and education, we aim to foster an environment of equal participation for persons with disabilities within Nova Scotia, Canada and around the world.

our

Access Awareness Week

To promote the inclusion of all Nova Scotians with disabilities as equals. Through public awareness, community partnerships and education, we aim to foster an environment of equal participation for persons with disabilities within Nova Scotia, Canada and around the world.

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The Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Award

The Hourglass Action Awards were launched in 1992 during National Access Awareness Week. That year, an hourglass symbolized the spirit of timely action the awards recognize.

In 2000, the name of the Award was changed to the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards in honour of Mr. Melbourne Hebb, (‘Wheels to Victory, The Mel Hebb Story’), a former awards committee chair. Hebb, who passed away in October 1999, was the personification of dedicated action.

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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. 

The Canadian Disability Benefit initiative will bring the many strong voices of the disability movement together and create the space for dialogue and exchange that must be the necessary foundation for creating a successful and enduring Canadian Disability Benefit. Soon, a dedicated site to this initiative will be up and running via Include Me, which is a social movement that engages the disability community to work together to change Canadian society. We’ll be sure to let you know when Include Me is live so you can join the movement!

PAANS Events - 2017

  • Flag Raising Ceremony
    May 29th Parade Square, Halifax
  • Proclamation Cermeony/Mel Hebb Awards
    May 29th Province House, Halifax
  • Scholarship Luncheon
    June 2nd, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront
  • White Cane and Dog Guide Walk
    Canadian Council of the Blind
  • Access Sketching Trip
    Team Possibles/Halifax NS Down Syndrome
  • Flag Raising Ceremony
    Town of Antigonish
  • Flag Raising Ceremony
    County of Antigonish
  • Landmark East Foundation
    8Th Annual Golf Classic
  • Town Crier, Will Brewer
    Scholarship Luncheon
  • Cape Breton Island Employment
    Scholarship Presentations/Open House
  • SCRI Society: The Club
    Accessible Zumba event
  • Defeat Depression
    Walk-a –Thon

Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia, PAANS, through its annual Access Awareness Week events and initiatives, works to promote the inclusion of all Nova Scotians with disabilities as full citizens within our communities.

Through public awareness, community partnerships and education, we foster an environment of equal participation. Our belief is that accessible communities contain more than ramps and elevators. Truly accessible communities value people, recognize ability, and celebrate diversity. We hope to inspire all Nova Scotian communities to enrich their lives by becoming truly inclusive places to live, learn, and work.

NEWS RELEASE –  – Access Awareness Week 2016 – May 29 to June 4

Nova Scotia’s 17th Access Awareness Week was celebrated May 29 to June 4, 2016 and the theme was Universal Design: No One’s Left Out.

The Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia (PAANS) in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission organizes events to recognize the achievements of people with disabilities in areas of accessibility, transportation, housing, employment, recreation, education and communications.

“Building an accessible Nova Scotia is not just an issue for a single community — this is about redefining how we use architecture and technology in new ways to benefit all our citizens,” said Kim Cicchino, PAANS Coordinator.

A proclamation was read at Province House to begin the celebrations on Monday, May 30. Following this, the Mel Hebb Action Awards was presented to Nova Scotians from around the province who are making a meaningful contribution to the lives of people with disabilities.

A scholarship luncheon was held on Friday, June 3 at the World Trade and Convention Centre. Scholarships were awarded to 17 students from across the province who are pursuing their post-secondary education or training.

Other events planned this week include a Team Possible’ Art Collective, a Defeat Depression Walk-a-Thon, a Technology on a Budget workshop from the Canadian Council for the Blind, an accessible choir concert given by the Club Inclusion and an open house by the Cape Breton Employability Associations.

PAANS promotes the inclusion of all Nova Scotians with disabilities as full citizens within our communities. Through public awareness, community partnerships and education, we aim to foster an environment of equal participation for persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia.