Cross Sectoral Partners
The disabilities community comes together each year to celebrate and commemorate the annual Access Awareness Week in Nova Scotia. This group is known to most as PAANS (Partnership for Access Awareness).
Thank you to all our partners from within our community who come to the table to craft events and awareness activities. The PAANS partners also provide supports and toolkits to regions and communities around the province who also want to deliver programs and activities.
CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
With 330 community locations, CMHA is a nationwide organization that promotes mental health and supports people recovering from mental illness.
Founded in 1918, the CNIB Foundation is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion. Our work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors and partners from coast to coast to coast.
HALIFAX OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The Halifax Regional Municipality strives to become a leader in building an accessible community where everyone can participate fully in life, including persons with disabilities and seniors. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion/African Nova Scotian Affairs Integration Office works with business units to support diversity and inclusion initiatives.
INCLUSION NOVA SCOTIA
Inclusion Nova Scotia is a provincial not-for-profit organization committed to ensuring that individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families have the support they require to live full and inclusive lives in community. We do this by empowering and supporting individuals and families, promoting rights and values in keeping with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), encouraging reform, and collaborating with other organizations for social justice.
MARCH OF DIMES CANADA
March of Dimes Canada is a national charity committed to championing equity, empowering ability, and creating real change that will help the more than six million people living with disabilities across the country unlock the richness of their lives. Our mission is to be a leading service provider, resource and advocate, empowering people with disabilities to live and thrive in communities nationwide.
NOVA SCOTIA’S ACCESSIBILITY DIRECTORATE
The Government of Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Directorate is responsible for administering the Accessibility Act and advancing disability issues within government. We work collaboratively with persons with disabilities, municipalities, businesses, post-secondary institutions and others to achieve the goal of an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030.
Through collaboration, the disability employee network promotes an accountable and responsive public service that values people with disabilities, demonstrates innovation, and empowers employees to bring their whole selves to work.
NS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is an independent government agency that administers the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. The Commission has many responsibilities. Currently, the Commission is focused on two main areas; providing a human rights dispute resolution process to resolve allegations of discrimination both on an individual and systemic level; and working to eliminate barriers and prevent discrimination through education, training, public engagement, and policy development.
NSLEO is a catalyst in building social, community, and political leadership of persons with disabilities and envisions a future where the abilities of persons with disabilities are fully recognized and living on an equitable basis as those without a disability. We take a leading role and are a major contributor to many important and valuable community efforts and are a cross-disability voice of Nova Scotians with visible (i.e. mobility) and invisible (i.e. blind or low-vision, mental health) disabilities; deaf or hard of hearing; neuro-divergent.
The Tetra Society of North America creates custom assistive devices for people with disabilities where no commercial solution exists. Tetra volunteers work alongside people who need a device to build gizmos and hack existing equipment to offer unique solutions to accessibility barriers. We recruit people with a wide range of hands-on skills for designing and building devices, as well as outreach and engagement, to make this possible.
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