1. Accessibility Directorate
  2. Information and Communication Standard Development Committee

Information and Communication Standard Development Committee: call for members

The Accessibility Advisory Board is seeking members for the Information and Communication Standard Development Committee.

About the committee

The Information and Communication Standard Development Committee will assist the Accessibility Advisory Board with making recommendations to the Minister of Justice on a standard to prevent and remove barriers to accessibility in information and communication.

Member terms

Members will serve on the committee for a term of 3 years.

Meeting location and frequency

Meetings will happen every 6-8 weeks depending on work volume and timelines. Most meetings will be held virtually. Members will also be expected to complete work outside of the meetings.

Committee size and composition

The Information and Communication Standard Development Committee will have between 10- 22 members, including the chair and vice-chair.

The committee must include:

  • persons with disabilities, representatives from organizations that represent persons with disabilities (at least half of the committee members).
  • representatives from sectors impacted by the standards, such as public sector organizations, non-profits and businesses.
  • representatives from government.

Member compensation

Committee members who are not provincial public service employees will be paid for their time.

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

Selection criteria

Members will be selected based on:

  • experience and knowledge, as outlined in eligibility requirements.
  • committee member requirements under the Accessibility Act.
  • diversity considerations, including geographical location, gender, disability, ethnicity, expertise, and experience.

Eligibility

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

The Board is seeking applications from a diverse range of Nova Scotians to serve on the Information and Communication Standard Development Committee. This includes young people (35 and under); seniors (65 and older); African Nova Scotians; racially visible people; people from the 2SLGBTIQA+ community and Indigenous people.

Applicants must have experience/knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • People with disabilities, Deaf or neurodivergent people who have experienced barriers accessing information and communication. 
  • Demonstrated leadership and knowledge preventing and removing barriers to accessibility in information and communication for people with disabilities, Deaf or neurodivergent people.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in any of the following areas:
    • Best practices for accessible information and communication
    • Developing policies, practices and procedures to improve the accessibility of information and communication within the public, private or non-profit sectors
    • Producing and delivering accessible information and communications training
    • Improving digital accessibility (including websites, applications, online services, products, platform products, and the content within them) within the public, private and non-profit sector
    • Plain language
    • Conducting research in the area of accessible information and communication

How to apply

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Email your completed application form to accessibility@novascotia.ca.

The deadline to submit your application is 8 April 2024. The Accessibility Advisory Board will review applications against the selection criteria and recommend potential members for the Minister’s approval. Applicants will be notified of decisions by 31st May 2024.

Contact

If you have questions or want to submit your application in an alternate format, contact the Accessibility Directorate. Email: accessibility@novascotia.ca