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Kentville Accessibility Committee

Kentville Accessibility Committee

About Accessibility in Kentville and in Nova Scotia

Imagine a province where our individual differences are celebrated and valued.  A province where persons with disabilities are supported to participate fully in their communities. A place where we recognize that abilities vary, but our capacity to participate is not limited by barriers. A province that thrives because there is equitable opportunity for all Nova Scotians.

Kentville, and all municipalities, are helping to make the entire province of Nova Scotia accessible to everyone!  The province of Nova Scotia has set a goal to become accessible to everyone by the year 2030, and the Town of Kentville is working hard to help reach that goal!

Almost 20% Nova Scotians over the age of 15 identify as having a disability.

The provincial government is helping towns and counties become more accessible to everyone by preventing and removing barriers in these areas:

  • Built environment (for example buildings, streets, sidewalks and shared spaces);
  • Education (for example schools, colleges and universities);
  • Employment (supporting meaningful and equal access to employment for persons with disabilities);
  • Transportation (ex. buses, cycling, walking routes, and taxi services);
  • Information and communication (ex. websites, libraries, braille, large print and sign language services), and
  • Goods and services (how service providers interact with and are trained to serve persons with disabilities).

Almost 20% of Nova Scotians are adults over the age of 65 - the largest percentage of any province in Canada.

Kentville's Accessibility Committee

The Town of Kentville has an Accessibility Advisory Committee of residents, staff and elected officials.  This group meets to talk about a plan for the Town that will dramatically improve accessibility for everyone.  The committee was formed in January 2020 and consists of 6 community members, 2 elected officials and 2 staff persons.

The committee will release Kentville’s Accessibility Plan.  This plan was developed with residents’ feedback and advice and lived experiences of accessibility.  The plan has recommendations that will improve the following areas:

  • Built environment;
  • Education;
  • Employment;
  • Transportation;
  • Information and communication, and
  • Goods and services.
AAC Group Photo
Original members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee:   (back row L-R) Councillor John Andrew, Robert Giles, Laurel Taylor, Susan Harvie, Cheryl Lake, Rachel Bedingfield, (front row L-R) Councillor Lynn Pulsifer, Lamont Larkin, Mary Larkin and Jennifer West.  New members include Bernie Zinck, Councillor Cathy Maxwell and Councillor Paula Huntley.

 

Our Statement of Commitment:

Our vision is for Kentville to be a healthy vibrant integrated and welcoming community where all citizens and visitors can live work and play in an environment that promotes a fulfilling quality of life. We acknowledge that currently there are barriers to achieving this vision.

Through respectful engagement that honors the journeys of people with differing abilities and experiences, and through measurable outcomes that focus on equity, we will hold ourselves accountable to the Nova Scotia Accessibility Act.  Kentville’s accessibility plan will guide the town in meeting the needs of all people who face barriers when accessing all that Kentville has to offer.

Kentville is a town committed to fairness, kindness, dignity and independence.

 

Want to learn more?

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July 24, 2020, there was a beautiful ceremony for the ground breaking of Ryan's Pocket Park in Kentville.  Please check out this website to learn more about this amazing housing project!  ryanspark.ca

July 23, 2020, the Kentville Accessibility Advisory Committee met with guest speaker Cynthia Bruce to discuss Accessibility in the Community.  Please check out this YouTube recording of her talk!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4YB-IBSQXs