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Celebrating NS Access Awareness Week and NSCAD’s Accessibility Framework

This year’s Nova Scotia Access Awareness Week takes place from May 29 – June 4, 2022. This is an annual celebration to raise awareness and engage Nova Scotians on issues around accessibility and inclusion. In recognition of this week, we wish to share with you NSCAD University’s Accessibility Framework 2022-27.

In consultation with different sectors and stakeholder groups within the university community, we have outlined our commitment to accessibility through the Accessibility Framework. This framework will guide NSCAD’s efforts to meet and exceed the requirements defined in Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act.

In the document, you will find NSCAD’s plan to remove barriers in the following areas:

  1. Awareness and Capacity Building
  2. Teaching, Learning and Research
  3. Information and Communications
  4. Employment
  5. Transportation
  6. Built Environment
  7. Procurement, Goods and Services

Within these areas, we outline our proposed initiatives and the standards to be followed. The actions found within the plan reflect NSCAD’s short-term goals (Phase One, 2022-2027). Following the success of this plan, a secondary framework will be created for long-term effectiveness and impact (Phase Two, 2027-2032). We encourage you to share any feedback related to this document with the Accessibility Working Group by emailing accessibility@nscad.ca.

We thank all those who have contributed to the creation of this document, helping NSCAD define and meet its accessibility targets and maintain the dignity and independence of all members of the university community.

Mark your calendars for Red Shirt Day taking place on June 1, 2022! Join us in wearing red to celebrate the achievements of persons and families living with disabilities. With the Accessibility Framework, we are demonstrating our commitment to creating a more accessible NSCAD that will contribute to a more inclusive society.