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Purpose

In 2017, Nova Scotia became the third province in Canada to pass accessibility legislation, committing to a more equitable and accessible province. The Accessibility Act recognizes accessibility as a human right and sets a goal to make Nova Scotia an accessible province by 2030. The goal of the act is to prevent and remove barriers that restrict people with disabilities from participation in society. It enables the government to develop standards for accessibility, and outlines responsibilities for some public sector bodies, including municipalities. 

The Victoria County Accessibility Advisory Committee provides advice to council on identifying, preventing, and eliminating barriers to people with disabilities in municipal programs, services, initiatives, and facilities. 

We want to hear from our communities about how we can improve accessibility of our facilities, provide more accessible programs, and create a more socially inclusive environment for our residents. 

Definitions: 

Accessibility- the quality of being easy to approach, reach, enter, speak with, use, or understand. 

Disability- includes a physical, mental, intellectual, learning or sensory impairment, including an episodic disability; that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders an individual's full and effective participation in society.

Barrier- anything that hinders or challenges the full and effective participation in society of persons with disabilities including a physical barrier, an architectural barrier, an information or communication barrier, an attitudinal barrier, a technological barrier, a policy or a practice. 

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