Imagine a Canada where no one is left out. A Canada that does not just accommodate disability, but one that is disability inclusive from the start. That is the Canada we are creating – for everyone.

 We invite you to join us for National AccessAbility Week (NAAW), taking place from May 26 to June 1, 2024!

This special week is dedicated to celebrating the valuable contributions and leadership of Canadians with disabilities, as well as promoting efforts to increase accessibility and inclusion across the country.

Throughout NAAW we will highlight the work of individuals, organizations, and communities who are actively removing barriers and creating a more accessible and disability-inclusive Canada.

We will also take time to reflect on our ongoing efforts to become better and more inclusive.

This year’s NAAW theme is “AccessAbility is Within Reach”,  in which we will highlight the inclusive practices found within communities and workplaces across Nova Scotia. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the achievements of Canadians with disabilities and supporting our shared vision of a more accessible and inclusive society.

Additionally, reachAbility is excited to introduce the Homecoming Series of Donations and Celebrations to our NAAW-NS 2024 festivities. This series is an opportunity for reachAbility staff to connect, give back, and build lasting relationships with community organizations in their hometowns. Our current staff projects include:

  • The donation of an assortment of musical instrument to the Yarmouth Association for Community Residential Options in support of their summer camp programs with Autism NS

  • The donation of two wheelchairs to the Lucasville Community Centre

  • The creation of a low-sensory room at the Youth Project center in Cape Breton

  • The donation of office supplies and creation of a coffee outreach station to the Peer Outreach Support Services & Education Project 

  • And more to come

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and perspectives that can inform your own efforts to create a more accessible and inclusive environment. We look forward to having you join us!  

 

NAAW-NS 2024: Schedule of Events

*Please note that the following schedule of events is hosted by reachAbility and subject to change. To stay informed, we encourage you to stay tuned to this page and to our social media feeds. (Links in footer.)

Thank you to everyone who attended our NAAW NS 2024 events!

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Community Events

Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia:

Did you know Nova Scotia has been celebrating accessibility advocacy since 1987? The Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia (PAANS) committee invites you to the 38th Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia (AAWNS) happening from May 26 – June 1, 2024.

Starting in 1987 as an extension of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion World Tour, the Access Awareness Week serves to raise awareness and encourage Nova Scotians to take action on disability issues. 

PAANS is excited to host events to celebrate AAWNS 2024 such as the flag-raising and proclamations, presentation of the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards, online panel discussion of First-Voice speakers, and scholarship luncheon. We also showcase community events across the province. Learn more about AAWNS and our events at aawns.ca .

Panel Discussion: Our Hearts Aren’t Disabled

Where: Online (Zoom). Register Here

When: May 30, 2024 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Join in an online panel discussion taking place on Zoom as Josh Dunn, Vicky Levack and Tammy Bernasky share their perspectives on themes highlighted in the documentary film Our Hearts Aren’t Disabled.

About the Film:

Our Hearts Aren’t Disabled examines the romantic lives and trials of six people living with mobility challenges. Its characters are people of different ages, genders, orientations, and ethnicities. Multi-disciplinary artist Josh Dunn features as both subject and interviewer as he endeavors to shed light on the difficulties he and others face. Sometimes a painful journey filled with heartbreak, Our Hearts Aren’t Disabled also features a healthy dose of wit, humour, and perseverance, helping the viewer to see that disability places no barrier on the power and beauty of one’s humanity.

Note: Portions of the film contain profanity and comedy touching on subjects like sexuality and intimate partner violence.

Partners and Sponsors

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our partners and sponsors for supporting this virtual, interactive, and accessible event, which is free and open to all Canadians. Join us as we bring together a diverse group of individuals who will share insights and shape accessible and inclusive communities and workplaces across Canada.

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