Accessibility Advisory Committee

Background

In September 2017, the Nova Scotia Accessibility Act came into force.  The Act requires the Municipality to prepare an Accessibility Plan and to form an Accessibility Advisory Committee.  The Accessibility Advisory Committee will assist in the preparation of the Accessibility Plan but will also have an ongoing role in advising Council on accessibility issues.

This new Committee will advise and assist Municipal Council in promoting and facilitating a barrier-free East Hants for citizens of all abilities.  The committee will include four (4) people from the stakeholder community and one (1) citizen-at-large to join the committee.  The Committee will also include two (2) members of Council. The stakeholder community will be persons with disabilities or representatives from organizations representing persons with disabilities. Each member of the Committee will be an independent representative to the Committee and does not represent the concerns of only one disability or group.  The members of this Committee will work together for the purpose of developing a common approach which is reasonable and practical.

A “disability” includes a physical, mental, intellectual, learning or sensory impairment, including an episodic disability, that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders an individual’s full and effective participation in society. (Nova Scotia Accessibility Act)

The Committee will meet annually or more frequently as required.  Initially, the Committee will meet more frequently to participate in the development of the Municipality’s Accessibility Plan. Updates on the work of the ACAC will be posted here. If you have further questions, contact Rachel Gilbert, Manager of Planning, at rgilbert@easthants.ca or call 902.883.6122.

 

Accessibility Plan and Committee Terms of Reference

Nova Scotia Accessibility Directorate