October is Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) a time to recognize the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce. Throughout the month, DEAM initiatives aim to bring awareness to barriers experienced by those living with disabilities, and encourages workplaces across country to create inclusive and accessible environments for all.
Did you know that 30 per cent of Nova Scotians over the age of 15 identify as having a disability? This number is expected to grow as our population ages, making the municipality’s commitment to improving accessibility and inclusion across our organization, in our programs and services and in the communities we serve increasingly important.
In support of this goal, and in alignment with the provincial accessibility framework, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion/ANSAIO developed an Accessibility Strategy that was unanimously approved by Regional Council in May 2021.
We all play a part in working to break down the barriers that exist for people living with disabilities.
On October 18, City Hall will be illuminated in blue and purple in recognition of the DEAM Light It Up! awareness campaign. Stop by to snap and share a photo.