Nova Scotia has more persons with disabilities than any other province in Canada.
Having a disability can make it difficult for a person to physically enter a museum site and its buildings. The person may also find it difficult to experience the museum’s exhibits and collections, or to access information on the museum’s website. We need to identify the barriers that keep persons with disabilities from fully participating in society, remove those barriers, and prevent them from happening again.
That’s why Nova Scotia passed the Accessibility Act in 2017.
Nova Scotia will be accessible when Nova Scotians of all abilities can enjoy everything the province has to offer. Accessibility is a human right and Nova Scotia has a goal of being accessible by 2030.
This document outlines what the Nova Scotia Museum is doing and has done in the past to become accessible.
This year we developed an overarching accessibility plan that provides the vision, goals, and commitments that will guide us to become more accessible. Each of our 28 sites will use this plan to develop their own plans based on their own accessibility needs.
Our plan focuses on nine areas:
- Awareness and Capacity Building
- Physical Environment
- Visitor Experience
- Delivery of Goods and Services
- Information and Communication
- Public Transportation
We know that in order to reach our goals we must always be learning about accessibility and sharing that information with others. We also know we need to listen to persons with disabilities so we can understand their experiences. To develop this plan, we talked to people who have a disability and/or belong to organizations for persons with disabilities.
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