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  The Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission today released a
  study entitled "Report and Recommendations for the
  Establishment and Support of Inclusive Transportation
  Services in Nova Scotia".
  The report, which has been presented to Community Services
  Minister Jim Smith, minister responsible for the commission;
  Economic Renewal Minister Robbie Harrison and Housing and
  Consumer Affairs Minister Eleanor Norrie, contains
  recommendations for a provincial policy on inclusive
  transportation services and recommendations that are
  intended to ensure that the policy is economically
  Reid Nicholson, commission chair, said "We believe that the
  recommendations in this report, if implemented, will lead to
  the development and economic sustainability of inclusive
  community transportation services in Nova Scotia."
  The report is the result of discussions that were held with
  Dr. Smith, Mr. Harrison and the Disabled Persons Commission.
  At these discussions, the commission expressed concern that
  the successful implementation of several government reform
  initiatives (such as health reform and
  de-institutionalization), will depend upon the availability
  of accessible community transportation services for citizens
  with disabilities.
  "We are very pleased with the work done by the commission on
  this issue and we have directed the establishment of a high
  level committee of senior government officials to respond to
  the directions recommended," Dr. Smith said today. He said
  that this committee will respond to the recommendations by
  Feb. 28, 1996.
  The report recommends that the province adopt a policy that
  would support the establishment of community-based
  accessible transportation services. Specifically, the policy
  proposes that the province shall:
  - promote and encourage accessible community transportation
  - provide support for community initiatives and development
  leading to the establishment of accessible community
  - provide advice and assistance to municipal authorities and
  to operators of accessible services on how they can address
  the transportation needs of all citizens;
  - establish and monitor provincial standards of
  accessibility and provide expertise on emerging technologies
  that would facilitate accessibility;
  - encourage and foster the coordination of public
  transportation services; and
  - ensure that all government initiatives and programs
  address the need for transportation services for senior
  citizens, persons with disabilities and others who may
  require specialized transportation services.
  Key among the recommendations for implementation and
  economic sustainability, is the cooperative establishment of
  an accessible transportation office, supported by the
  Departments of Health, Community Services, Education and
  Culture, the Economic Renewal Agency, Transportation and
  Communications, and Municipal Affairs. The office would be
  funded for a two year period to establish community based
  demonstration projects that would include the following
  - coordination initiatives that would maximize the
  utilization of community resources;
  - cooperative planning approaches to identify community
  resources and community need, involving key departments,
  municipalities, the private sector and the community;
  - identification and adoption of unique transportation
  solutions to the transportation needs of a community;
  - identify cost efficiencies that utilize existing community
  resources: volunteer, private and public;
  - develop a model for the economic sustainability of a
  transportation solution;
  - the identification of economic and employment
  opportunities through partnerships, joint ventures, and
  innovative approaches to providing accessible
  Contact: Charles Macdonald  902-424-8280
           (1-800-565-8280 toll free within Nova Scotia)
  trp                     Jan. 17, 1996 - 10:00 a.m.