How accessible will the Nova Scotia provincial election be for residents with physical disabilities?
• March of Dimes urges candidates to consider their constituents living with disabilities
With the upcoming provincial election called for October 8, 2013, March of Dimes Canada calls on all provincial candidates in the impending election to ensure that Nova Scotians with disabilities be included in every aspect of the election process. Nova Scotians with an identified disability represent upwards of 20% of the population, including a growing sector of seniors. A fully-accessible campaign requires not only supplying physically accessible campaign offices for those using mobility devices, or have visual or hearing disabilities, but also planning for accessible all-candidates debates, campaign literature, signage and websites.
“Candidates should be accessible,” says Michele Raymond, MLA. "There is value in the right to vote and to work on campaigns in hope of influencing policy ...” she continues.
Nova Scotia, unlike Ontario, and Manitoba in the coming months, does not have provincial accessibility legislation. Nova Scotia’s Putting People First initiative is wisely looking to a future which is much more inclusive of people with disabilities. Considering the full scope of needs for people with disabilities, March of Dimes Canada advocates for the introduction of a province-wide Disability Act in Nova Scotia.
An accessible and inclusive province works for the betterment of every resident and creates healthy and supportive communities.
March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across Canada. For more information, please call 1-800-263-3463.
For more Information:
Manager, Government Relations & Advocacy
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Boulevard
Toronto ON M4H 1A4
Tel: 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7326