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Links and Resources

Businesses

People with disabilities are your clients, employees, and part of your community. Check out our guide, “Tips for Office Accessibility” below to learn simple tips on how businesses can be more accessible and inclusive to persons with disabilities.

Tips to Improve Office Accessibility

Meetings

When opening to public participation, it is important to create an experience that is inclusive and accessible. Check out our guide, “Tips for Accessible Public Meetings” below to review a checklist of basic accessibility to consider.

Tips for Accessible Public Meetings

Restaurants

Restaurants are a business and community space for people to come together and no one should be excluded from the experience. Check out our guide, “Easy Ways to Make Restaurants More Accessible” below to improve the accessibility of the restaurant.

Easy Ways to Make Restaurants More Accessible

Book List

We have a list of fiction, memoir, and non-fiction books that showcase living with a disability. Check out our book list below.

Click here to view our Book List

Emergency Preparedness

As weather events become more frequent, preparing for a storm and emergency has shown to be a necessary and important action. For more information on emergency preparedness, check out “How to Prepare for an Emergency” below.

Click here to view How To Prepare for An Emergency

Canada Disability Benefit

The Canada Disability Benefit is aimed to reduce poverty and support the financial security of persons with disabilities. Below are documents of the advocacy work that has been done to get royal assent on June 22, 2023.

Canada Disability Benefit Act CPJ

Canada Disability Benefit – 2021 November – Update

Canada Disability Benefit – 2022 November 25 – Call to Action

Canada Disability Benefit – 2023 May 19

Canada Disability Benefit – 2023 May 22

 

CPP Disability Benefit

 

The CPP Disability Benefit is a program under the Canada Pension Plan that aims to provide financial assistance to Canadians who have left the workforce and are unable to return due to significant medical conditions. Check out the resources below.

Ultimate CPP Disability Guide

CPP Medical Report

Disability Tax Credit Ultimate Resource Guide

CPP Disability Benefits Application

 

Registered Disability Savings Plan

A registered disability savings plan (RDSP) is a savings plan intended to help people for the long-term financial security of a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit (DTC). Check out the resources below.

RDSP Guide & Information

Disability Tax-related Information

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Communications

Canada’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities acknowledges our obligations as a country to provide persons with disabilities the supports needed to live a valued and dignified life.

In addition to Article 9, Accessibility To enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, and Article 19, Living independently and being included in the community Article 21 clearly outlines Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information

Our connectivity through communication greatly impacts our quality of life and the journey we travel. Without the appropriate communication supports, it’s a very bumpy road.

  • Broadband access, like home telephone service, is essential for Canadians to get ahead.
  • The CRTC must address barriers of access to home internet, including affordability. Everyone should have equal access to high speed internet, regardless of income.
  • A home internet connection is necessary for important life activities, including looking for employment, completing homework, and accessing government services and forms.
  • We need the Commission to mandate affordable access for all Canadians, with actual download speeds of at least 25 Mbps by 2020.

 

Press Release for Accessible Broadcasting – Access 2020 Coalition

New Coalition Calls for Accessible Broadcasting

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Mental Health

Ensuring good psychological health and safety is important. This is why the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) developed a National Standard for two areas. Click on the prefer standard for more information. 

National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

National Standard for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students

These are voluntary guidelines to help Canadian workplaces and post-secondary institutions protect and promote people’s psychological health. 

You're Not Alone

If you, or a loved one is having a hard time, please do not feel like you can’t reach out. Support for mental health, addictions, and many other struggles are available to you.

If this is an emergency, or if you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call the Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line toll-free at 1-888-429-8167 or call 911.

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Transportation

There are several transportations options that work on improving access for people with disabilities in their communities. You can check out

Halifax Transit,

Halifax Transit’s Access-A-Bus,

Extra Care Taxi in Halifax Regional Municipality,

and the Rural Transportation Association outside Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Policies

NS Accessibility Act

An Act Respecting
Accessibility in Nova Scotia

Accessibilities in NS – PDF version available.

NS Accessibility

The Government of Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Directorate is responsible for administering the Accessibility Act and advancing disability issues within government.

Canadian Disability Benefit

Includes disability pensions and children’s benefits, savings plans and a gasoline tax refund program.

MAiD

MAiD is available to individuals who have a serious and incurable illness, disease, or disability that causes intolerable suffering and who meet specific eligibility criteria.

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

The Disability Bond is for qualified Canadians that are living with a prolonged medical condition. No deposits are required.

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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!