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 - Access Awareness Week 2016  is May 29 to June 4

Nova Scotia’s 17th Access Awareness Week is being celebrated May 29 to June 4, 2016 and the theme is Universal Design: No One’s Left Out.

The Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia (PAANS) in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission organize events to recognize the achievements of people with disabilities in areas of accessibility, transportation, housing, employment, recreation, education and communications.

"Building an accessible Nova Scotia is not just an issue for a single community — this is about redefining how we use architecture and technology in new ways to benefit all our citizens," said Kim Cicchino, PAANS Coordinator.

A proclamation will be read at Province House to begin the celebrations on Monday, May 30. Following this, the Mel Hebb Action Awards will be presented to Nova Scotians from around the province who are making a meaningful contribution to the lives of people with disabilities.

A scholarship luncheon will be held on Friday, June 3 at the World Trade and Convention Centre. Scholarships will be awarded to 17 students from across the province who are pursuing their post-secondary education or training.

Other events planned this week include a Team Possibles’ Art Collective, a Defeat Depression Walk-a-Thon, a Technology on a Budget workshop from the Canadian Council for the Blind, an accessible choir concert given by the Club Inclusion and an open house by the Cape Breton Employability Associations.

For a complete list of award recipients and events taking place throughout the province during Access Awareness Week, visit: www.paans.ca.

PAANS promotes the inclusion of all Nova Scotians with disabilities as full citizens within our communities. Through public awareness, community partnerships and education, we aim to foster an environment of equal participation for persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia.

For more information, contact:

Kim Cicchino, PAANS Coordinator
Phone: 902-455-6942
Email: nsleo@eastlink.ca


Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia, through its annual Access Awareness Week events and initiatives, works to promote the inclusion of all Nova Scotians with disabilities as full citizens within our communities. Through public awareness, community partnerships and education, we foster anenvironment of equal participation. Our 2010 Access Awareness Week theme, "Valuing People=Inclusive Communities is a direct reflection of our belief that accessible communities contain more than ramps and elevators. Truly accessible communities value people, recognize ability, and celebrate diversity. We hope our 2010 theme will inspire all Nova Scotian Communitiesto enrich their lives by becoming truly inclusive places to live, learn, and work.

 

 

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