2020-06-10

Committee launches accessibility survey

by Gayle Wilson

The Lunenburg County Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee is soliciting opinions from people in the county with disabilities.

On April 1 the committee launched a survey as part of ongoing efforts to develop and improve accessibility in the region.

"It is vital that the Committee hears from the community about their experience living with disabilities. The survey will allow the Committee to identify barriers from the community perspective, and the information gathered will be part of the development of a regional Accessibility Plan," the committee noted in a press release.

Disabled persons, their family members and/or care givers, and organizations that represent people with disabilities are invited to complete the online surgery, found at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AccessibleLunenburgCounty.

The survey closes June 30, 2020.

The project is a collaboration between Town of Bridgewater, Town of Mahone Bay, Town of Lunenburg, Municipality of the District of Chester, and Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.

In 2017, Nova Scotia became the third province in Canada to pass the Act Respecting Accessibility. The Accessibility Act aims to make Nova Scotia inclusive and barrier-free by 2030 and include six accessibility standards which are currently under development.

Ontario passed its accessibility legislation in 2005 and Manitoba its in 2013.

According to Accessibility Services Canada, a training and development organization that helps non-profits and businesses in Canada to understand and comply with provincial accessibility legislation, 20 per cent (144,000) of Nova Scotians are currently living with a disability. That number is expected to increase as the province's population ages.

More information about the project in Lunenburg County can be obtained by visiting the website www.accessiblelunenburgcounty.ca; calling (902) 530-2088; or sending an email to: AccessibilityCoordinator@modl.ca.

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