June 15 - new photos on Scholarship & Events pages

June 2 - Mel Hebb Award Winners posted, bios on Awards page

May 31 - Scholarship winners posted, new photos on Events page

May 27 - new updates:

- Access Awareness Week Press Release posted

- Scholarship Luncheon Invite released

- PAANS 2016 Schedule of Events posted

MS Word documentPartnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia (PAANS) and the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission, invite you to join us to proclaim Access Awareness Week 2016 "Universal Design: No One’s Left Out" in the Red Room of the Nova Scotia Legislature on Monday, May 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. *Interpreters, Sighted Guides and CART will be on site*

Prior to the Proclamation there will be a Flag Raising Ceremony held at Parade Square at 9:00am, hosted by HRM. Following this ceremony, people will be asked to make their way over to Province House for the commencement of the Proclamation Ceremony. * Taxis will be on site for anyone requiring transportation*

In addition to the proclamation, we will present the Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards, recognizing Nova Scotians for their contribution to the lives of persons with disabilities.



See photos from the 2015 ceremony on our Events page...

About PAANS...

In 1987, Rick Hansen's Man in Motion Tour brought issues of ability and access into the national spotlight. In response, National Access Awareness Week was born. The "national" scope of the week has petered out but provincially, the spirit of Hansen's quest lives on through Nova Scotia’s Access Awareness Week. Held at the end of May, the week aims to celebrate achievements made both by and for people with disabilities in the areas of accessibility, transportation, housing, employment, recreation, education and communication.

PAANS is a committee of the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities and was created to oversee the planning of the week's events ensuring the week continued to be both vibrant and relevant to the needs of the province's citizens.


To promote the inclusion of all Nova Scotians with disabilities as full citizens within our communities. Through public awareness, community partnerships and education, we aim to foster an environment of equal participation for persons with disabilities within Nova Scotia.

PAANS Committee Members

Kim Cicchino Project Coordinator
Emily Duffett NSLEO Chair
Anne MacRae Disabled Persons Commission
Simon Hurd RBC Financial Institution
Faye Joudrey Easter Seals
Patricia Gates Volunteer

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