In 2017, Nova Scotia passed the Accessibility Act, becoming the third Canadian province to adopt accessibility legislation. The Act recognizes accessibility as a human right, and outlines how the province will improve accessibility by preventing and removing barriers. The Act sets a goal of an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030.
To guide StFX’s commitment toward a fully accessible and inclusive campus, we are embarking on the development of an Accessibility Plan. As a result, StFX is putting an accessibility lens on several areas of campus activity ― built environment, goods and services, information and communication, transportation, employment, teaching and research.
A lack of accessibility is a larger social and structural issue that StFX is not immune to, and as an engine of social change the university can be part of developing innovative, equitable solutions.
Accessibility is defined as "the prevention and removal of barriers (physical, attitudinal, technological, or system) to allow equitable participation for persons with disabilities or others who experience barriers to accessibility" - Nova Scotia Post-Secondary Accessibility Framework, 2020.
We are committed to creating a culture of accessibility, equity and inclusion at StFX. The Accessibility Plan is intended to not only coordinate the accessibility services, programs, and initiatives that already exist, but also guide StFX’s ongoing commitment towards a campus that is accessible, equitable and inclusive.