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Accessibility in Nova Scotia

Access includes everyone in everyday life

Imagine a world with no barriers. Everything — from education and employment to the physical environment, to music, sports, entertainment and everyday information — is accessible and available to everyone, no matter their background, circumstances or abilities.

Accessibility is a human right. Creating an accessible province for people with disabilities means more than building ramps and accessible restrooms. It calls for a change in overall attitudes, where everyone is included in all aspects of our society. People with diverse perspectives and experiences make our province stronger.

This is our vision for the future — and change is happening now across Nova Scotia. We’re identifying and removing barriers to inclusion and access in our communities, organizations, schools, workplaces and everyday lives.

Access includes everyone is a public awareness campaign about how accessibility fosters inclusion for Nova Scotians with disabilities. The campaign aims to increase awareness that accessibility is a human right and about the barriers that prevent Nova Scotians with disabilities from participating in everyday life – at school, work, home and in the community.

The campaign includes videos of three Nova Scotians with disabilities, as well as posters, social media ads and photographs. Meet one of these Nova Scotians, Kaylie, and check out related campaign materials by searching our Resource Hub

Stories from across Nova Scotia

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Meet one of these Nova Scotians, Kaylie

Learn more about Nova Scotians and how they're involved in shaping the future of access.

Celebrating accessibility and leadership

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Learn more about how municipalities and other public sector bodies, businesses, organizations and leaders are implementing accessibility initiatives across Nova Scotia. 

Change starts with you

Every Nova Scotian should have access to communities, workplaces and services that enable everyone to participate fully in society.

Learn what you can do to improve accessibility

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3rd marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities proclaimed by the United Nations in 1992. It is a day to promote an understanding of disability issues and raise awareness on the importance of equal access for persons with disabilities in all aspects of society. Accessibility for persons with disabilities is a human right in Nova Scotia and we are working towards removing and preventing barriers so that everyone has access to the same experiences and opportunities.

Take the time to learn about the experiences of those with disabilities in Nova Scotia, work that is happening to improve accessibility, and reflect on our own personal responsibility to make the province a better place to live.

Group of people in sitting in a theatre watching a movie, a young person is using assistive technology for captioning and an older person is wearing headphones for described audio.Group of people in sitting in a theatre watching a movie, a young person is using assistive technology for captioning and an older person is wearing headphones for described audio.Elementary aged student with light skin colour is sitting on a chair in a classroom using a coding robot.Elementary aged student with light skin colour is sitting on a chair in a classroom using a coding robot.Two adults with light skin colour are sitting at an accessible picnic table in an outdoor park, is person is using a wheelchair.Two adults with light skin colour are sitting at an accessible picnic table in an outdoor park, is person is using a wheelchair.Two young African Nova Scotian children are playing in an outdoor playground.    Two young African Nova Scotian children are playing in an outdoor playground.

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