Applications open for accessibility standard committees

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The government is inviting Nova Scotians to help advance work toward a barrier-free province.

The province says it is accepting applications for people to work on two new committees of twenty members each that will develop standards to make communities more accessible for those with disabilities.

The Justice Department says one committee will make recommendations on education, with the second focusing on buildings and public spaces, while both will assist the Accessibility Advisory Board in preparing recommendations for government.

The province says the committee for education will explore the requirements for preventing and removing barriers to accessibility in public and private education at all levels, including the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. 

The committee for the built environment will focus on the prevention and removal of barriers to accessibility in buildings, rights of way and outdoor spaces.

Government departments, including Education and Early Childhood Development, Labour and Advanced Education, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Municipal affairs will be represented on both committees.

The province says proposed standards should be ready for comment in two-years with final standards implemented starting in 2022.