1. Accessibility Directorate
  2. Goods and Services Standard Development Committee

Call for members: Goods and Services Standard Development Committee

The Accessibility Advisory Board is seeking members for the Goods and Services Standard Development Committee.

The Goods and Services Standard Development Committee will be responsible for helping the Accessibility Advisory Board make recommendations to the Minister of Justice on creating and implementing a proposed standard to prevent and remove barriers to the delivery of goods and services for persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent people.

The goal of the goods and services standard is to make sure that persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons have equitable access to goods and services.

Composition

The committee will be made up of 10 to 20 members, including a chair and vice-chair. Members are appointed by the Minister of Justice upon recommendation by the Accessibility Advisory Board.

The committee must include:

  • persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons with subject matter experience or expertise, or representatives from organizations representing persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons (half of membership)
  • representatives of organizations and types of organizations likely to be affected by the standard
  • representatives from government departments that have responsibilities related to the standard

Members of the Accessibility Advisory Board can join the Standard Development Committee.

Compensation

Committee members will be compensated for attending meetings:

  • Members: $100 per meeting, plus expenses
  • Vice-Chair: $150 per meeting, plus expenses
  • Chair: $200 per meeting, plus expenses

Government of Nova Scotia employees who serve on the committee are not eligible for compensation.

Committee members are also reimbursed for travel and other expenses (including a support person stipend) associated with attending meetings, following the Government of Nova Scotia Travel Policy.

Member terms

Member terms are 3 years.

Meeting location and frequency

Meetings will be held in Halifax and virtually every 6 to 8 weeks, as scheduled by the Chair. Members will have the option of attending all meetings virtually. The frequency may vary, depending on work volume and timelines.

Member qualifications

The Accessibility Advisory Board recognizes the full range of disabilities and the diverse ways that other identities and life circumstances and experiences intersect with disability to create accessibility barriers.

Because of this, the Board is seeking applications from a diverse range of Nova Scotians to serve on the Goods and Services Standard Development Committee. This includes young persons (35 and under), African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, persons from the 2SLGBTIQA+ community, Indigenous persons and seniors (65 and older).

In your application, you must outline experience or expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons who have experienced barriers accessing goods and services including:
    • attitudinal barriers, including stereotypes and assumptions about people with:
      • disabilities (like assuming a person who is non-verbal has nothing to say)
      • barriers to physically entering or engaging in the delivery of goods
      • services (like aisles that are not wide enough for a person using a walker)
      • informational and technology barriers (like inaccessible websites, signage that is confusing or has small type font)
      • policy barriers that may be discriminatory
      • other barriers accessing goods and service
  • persons who have worked with or supported people with disabilities including:
    • family members of persons with disabilities
    • personal support workers for persons with disabilities
  • demonstrated leadership in, knowledge of and commitment to preventing and removing barriers to accessing goods and services for persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons
  • demonstrated experience and expertise in 1 or more of the following areas:
    • delivering goods and services as a front-line staff person within the public, private or non-profit sectors
    • developing policies for front-line staff who deliver goods and services within the public, private or non-profit sectors
    • producing or delivering training material for front-line staff who deliver goods and services within the public, private or non-profit sectors
    • conducting research in the area of accessible goods and services

Members should have the following qualities:

First voice / human rights lens

  • recognizing persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons as experts in accessibility
  • recognizing the value of lived experience (first voice)
  • recognizing and promoting accessibility as a fundamental human right

Passion and commitment

  • passion and commitment to accessibility and the importance of preventing and removing barriers to accessing goods and services for persons with disabilities, Deaf and/or neurodivergent persons across Nova Scotia

Eagerness to participate and willingness to learn

  • eagerness to participate during committee meetings and willingness to prepare ahead of meetings
  • willingness to contribute your own perspective (lived and learned expertise and experience) and be open to new ideas and different ways of thinking about things

Collaboration

  • willingness to learn from others on the committee and to make decisions in collaboration with other committee members

Respect

  • respect for diverse perspectives on issues
  • ability to discuss difficult issues in a respectful manner

How to apply

  1. Complete the Goods and Services Standard Development Committee Application Form (PDF).
  2. Email your completed application form to accessibility@novascotia.ca.

You can also submit your resume with your application, but you don’t have to.

The deadline to submit your application is 11:59 pm, 13 January 2023.

Committee guidelines

Member Selection - Goods and Services Standard Development Committee guidelines (PDF)

Contact us

If you have questions or want to submit your application in an alternate format, contact the Accessibility Directorate.