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Independent review of Accessibility Act launches

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Consultations for the first independent review of the Accessibility Act launched on April 21.

Katie Aubrecht, an associate professor in the sociology department at St. Francis Xavier University and Director of its Spatializing Care: Intersectional Disability Studies Lab, is leading the review.

She will be consulting with persons with disabilities, organizations that serve them, and others affected by the legislation and then submit a report with recommendations to the Minister of Justice.

“We want to hear from Nova Scotians, particularly those directly impacted by the implementation of the Accessibility Act and continue to build a more equitable and accessible province by 2030,” said Justice Minister Brad Johns. “We look forward to the completion of the review and Dr. Aubrecht’s independent findings.”

The review will focus on the standards development process, identifying possible changes to the act, and the implementation of the plan to make Nova Scotia accessible by 2030.

More information about the various ways to participate in the review is available at: https://nsaccessreview.ca

The review is expected to take eight to 10 months to complete. The final report will be available to the public.

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