Ap­pli­ca­tions open for ac­ces­si­bil­ity stan­dard com­mit­tees

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The gov­ern­ment is invit­ing Nova Sco­tians to help ad­vance work to­ward a bar­rier-free prov­ince.

Peo­ple can ap­ply to serve on new com­mit­tees that will de­velop stan­dards to make com­mu­ni­ties in the prov­ince more ac­ces­si­ble for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

One com­mit­tee will make rec­om­men­da­tions on ed­u­ca­tion, while an­other will fo­cus on build­ings and pub­lic spa­ces. Peo­ple ap­pointed to the com­mit­tees will as­sist the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Ad­vi­sory Board in pre­par­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for gov­ern­ment.

“The es­tab­lish­ment of these com­mit­tees is a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward in our jour­ney to be­com­ing an ac­ces­si­ble prov­ince,” said Mark Furey, min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Act. “Al­most one in three Nova Sco­tians live with a dis­abil­ity. That is a sub­stan­tial por­tion of our pop­u­la­tion who con­tinue to face un­nec­es­sary bar­ri­ers.

“We need their ex­per­tise, as well as those in spe­cific sec­tors to help de­velop re­quire­ments for ac­ces­si­bil­ity,” he said.

Per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, or­ga­ni­za­tions that rep­re­sent per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, and or­ga­ni­za­tions and as­so­ci­a­tions di­rectly im­pacted by the stan­dards will be con­sulted through the stan­dard de­vel­op­ment process.

The com­mit­tee for ed­u­ca­tion will ex­plore the re­quire­ments for prevent­ing and re­mov­ing bar­ri­ers to ac­ces­si­bil­ity in pub­lic and pri­vate early child­hood, pri­mary, sec­ondary, and postsecondary ed­u­ca­tion, in­clud­ing the Nova Sco­tia School for Adult Learn­ing.

The com­mit­tee for the built en­vi­ron­ment will fo­cus on the preven­tion and re­moval of bar­ri­ers to ac­ces­si­bil­ity in build­ings, rights of way and out­door spa­ces.

Each com­mit­tee will con­sist of up to 20 mem­bers. Gov­ern­ment depart­ments, in­clud­ing Ed­u­ca­tion and Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment, Labour and Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion, Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal and Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, will be rep­re­sented on the com­mit­tees.

Pro­posed stan­dards are ex­pected to be made avail­able for com­ment in 2021 with fi­nal stan­dards im­ple­mented start­ing in 2022.

Ad­di­tional stan­dard ar­eas for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment in­clude em­ploy­ment, trans­porta­tion, in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and goods and ser­vices.

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