News release

Province Seeks Input into Accessibility Standards

Government is seeking input from Nova Scotians to inform accessibility standards for education and the built environment.

Starting today, May 22, Nova Scotians will be able to complete an online survey that will explore experiences of those who face barriers to accessibility and gather insights from those with an interest in helping to advance accessibility in the province.

The Standard Development Committees will use the information gathered to develop recommendations for the Accessibility Advisory Board on how to make education, buildings and outdoor spaces accessible. Nova Scotians will have further opportunity to provide feedback when both the recommendations and the proposed standards are drafted.

Standards for education will address accessibility in public and private early childhood education, primary, secondary, and post-secondary education, including the Nova Scotia School of Adult Learning. Standards for the built environment will apply to buildings, rights-of-way and outdoor spaces. The standards are expected to be implemented beginning in 2022.

The survey is available in English, French, and American Sign Language (ASL) at https://novascotia.ca/accessibility/standards-consultation and will remain open until June 12.

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Government is seeking input from Nova Scotians to inform accessibility standards for education and the built environment.

An online survey, launched today (May 22nd) will gather information on the barriers faced by Nova Scotians with disabilities and insights from those with an interest in helping to advance accessibility in the province.

Information gathered from the survey will inform the development of recommendations for the Accessibility Advisory Board.

Standards for education will address accessibility in public and private early childhood education, primary, secondary, and post-secondary education, including the Nova Scotia School of Adult Learning. Standards for the built environment will apply to buildings, rights-of-way and outdoor spaces.

The survey will remain open until June 12th.

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