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This is an important opportunity for youth to inform Nova Scotia's FIRST Sexual Violence Strategy, which will affect programs, services and supports for the coming years.Youth living with disabilities are invited to share their insights, ideas, thoughts and voices on how to improve services and support, as well as what can be done in terms of preventing sexual violence. Learn more.

On December 2nd, Richard Primental will be giving a keynote address at the 7th Annual Symposium on Inclusive Education and Employment.On December 2nd, Richard Primental will be giving a keynote address at the 7th Annual Symposium on Inclusive Education and Employment.  Richard is one of the leading experts in North America on practical issues in Disability Employment Management and Human Resources, Disability and Diversity Issues in the Workplace, Developing Creative Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and Employee Retention, Disabled Veterans Employment Opportunities, and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act. Learn more

On Wednesday, December 3rd,  Catherine Frazee will offer a pre-recorded keynote address followed by a panel response at the 7th Annual Symposium on Inclusive Education and Employment. On Wednesday, December 3rd,  Catherine Frazee will offer a pre-recorded keynote address followed by a panel response at the 7th Annual Symposium on Inclusive Education and Employment. She will focus on the opportunities of youth engagement and participation, offering a critical path to foster discussion of disability issues in the mainstream consciousness. Learn more

ability starts here circle logo with a stylized G made of a person using a wheelchairOn Tuesday, December 2nd and Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 join us at the World Trade and  Convention Centre in Halifax for the 8th annual Symposium on Inclusive Education and Employment in recognition of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme for this year's event is Ability Starts Here - The Power of Participation. Learn more at abilitystartshere.ca

anootated image of a redesigned Accessible IconWhat's in a symbol? The Accessible Icon Project believes visual representation matters and provides supplies and services to transform the old International Symbol of Access into an active, engaged image. As people with disabilities create greater rights and opportunities for social, political, and cultural participation, AIP feels that the images of accessibility should evolve too.  Learn more at accessibleicon.org.

What is the Disabled Persons Commission?

The Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission (DPC) gives people with disabilities living in Nova Scotia a way to participate in the provincial government policy-making process. The DPC advises policy-makers and program-developers about:

  • the needs of people with disabilities
  • the issues and concerns that affect the lives of people with disabilities throughout the province

Learn more about the Disabled Persons Commission.

 

Public Consultations for Accessibility Legislation Underway!

DPC Executive Director Anne MacRae speaks about the proposed Accessibility Legislation at a townhall meeting in Dartmouth.The Minister’s Advisory Panel on Accessibility Legislation brings together a diverse group of people with experience and expertise that will report to the Minister of Community Services Joanne Bernard on February 13, 2015 with recommendations about accessibility legislation for Nova Scotians that ensures all Nova Scotians will have equal opportunity to reach their potential.

The Minister’s Advisory Panel will examine issues related to access to information, communications. labour market and employment opportunities, removing structural barriers in the built environment, attitudes and public awareness, transportation, client services, and housing.

Public consultation sessions are underway across Nova Scotia.  All consultations will be wheelchair accessible. Sign language interpreters and CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) will be provided and sighted guides will be on hand

Photo:  DPC Executive Director Anne MacRae speaks about the proposed Accessibility Legislation at a townhall meeting in Dartmouth.

 

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