Access Awareness

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Trick-or-Treating Tips for Accessibility

Did you know that there are around 400,000 children in Canada who identify as having a disability that may prevent them from trick-or-treating? This Halloween, we want to make sure everyone can enjoy a safe, fun, and inclusive experience. 

Here are some tips to help make trick-or-treating accessible for everyone this Halloween: 

  1. If your house has stairs, consider setting up on your driveway or front yard.
  2. Clear the path to your trick-or-treating setup by moving vehicles and other obstructions.
  3. Outdoor decorations are fun, but avoid those with strobing lights or sudden loud noises.
  4. If you have pets, keep them safely inside the house and away from the trick-or-treaters.



Access Awareness Week

A series of icons to represent accessibility. Access Awareness Week (AAW) is May 30-June 6, 2021.

Halifax Regional Municipality is a proud supporter this year’s Access Awareness Week taking place from May 30 to June 5, 2021.

Read our recently approved Accessibility Strategy (link opens a PDF, the Strategy begins on page 5).


Awareness to Action: A Discussion About the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Disability Community

June 2 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

COVID-19 has had a global impact on everyone and the disabilities community in Nova Scotia is no exception. This panel discussion event will feature participants representing a variety of perspectives in the disabilities community sharing their personal experiences with COVID-19. Awareness to Action aims to recognize and discuss existing challenges and solutions to continue supporting and enhancing the journey faced by the disabilities community.

Register online today.


Mayor Mike Savage Reads the Access Awareness Day Proclamation

History of Access Awareness Week

A newspaper clipping of Rick Hansen, wheeling towards the camera. Caption reads: Nova Scotia organizers are preparing for the Sept. 10 arrival of globe-touring athlete Rick Hansen. Hansen will travel an estimated 24,900 miles through 33 countries on his Man in Motion World Tour.

Rick Hansen planned to travel an est. 24,900 mi through 33 countries on his Man in Motion World Tour

Since 1987, following Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion tour, the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities (the League), through the Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia (PAANS), has been leading Access Awareness Week (AAW) in the province. AAW originated as an extension of a national campaign known as National AccessAbility Week. It began and remains a grassroots community initiative that has grown and evolved through the dedication and commitment of organizations such as the League, Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Easter Seals, ReachAbility, Canadian Paraplegic Association and the Halifax Regional Municipality.




What is Access Awareness Week (AAW)?


Logo for Partnership for Access Awareness

AAW provides an opportunity to raise awareness and engage Nova Scotians on issues around access and inclusion.

Inclusivity isn’t just about eliminating physical barriers; it’s also about challenging societal attitudes. While changing a municipal by-law or enforcing the UN Convention may remove physical barriers, it is by fostering attitudes of acceptance and responsibility that we can create a truly inclusive environment.

The AAW Committee is committed to achieving two distinct goals during the Week:

  • The first is to bring issues of access to the attention of the public and the policy makers. Change can grow from the bottom up or it can be implemented from the top down. PAANS wants both to happen - with the movements meeting somewhere in between.
  • The second is to celebrate what has happened to increase accessibility and the potential of things to come. Formally, we achieve this with the presentation of the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards and the PAANS scholarships. Informally, we attempt to integrate this attitude into our approach to all things. 

In partnership with community partners and Halifax Public Libraries, we are pleased to present content in recognition and celebration of Access Awareness Week 2021. Click here to read more.

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