May 19, 2022: For Immediate Release
Truro, Nova Scotia: Today marks the 11th Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which aims to recognize the importance of digital access and inclusion for persons with disabilities. On this day, the Interregional Advisory Committee for Library Accessibility (IACLA) is proud to release the multi-year IACLA Accessibility Plan for six regional libraries, including Colchester-East Hants Public Library.
With the passing of the Accessibility Act in 2017, the Province of Nova Scotia recognized accessibility as a human right and set the goal of an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. IACLA’s Accessibility Plan marks a new chapter for a more accessible and inclusive experience for library employees and members.
Across Nova Scotia, almost 1 in 3 people identify as having a disability, with this number projected to increase as the population ages. The IACLA Accessibility Plan reflects the Library’s desire to be responsive to the needs of people with various abilities. Through this work, we aspire for all Nova Scotians to have full and equitable access to spaces, services, resources, programs, and employment/volunteer opportunities offered by public libraries.
The plan focuses on collections, employment, information and communication, programs and services, and built environments. The plan also includes implementation actions, timelines, and guidelines for monitoring and evaluation.
The plan was created by IACLA – a committee comprised of the CEO of each region, plus a community member from each region. “This plan marks a big step towards a more inclusive and accessible Library,” says Tiffany Bartlett, CEO for the Colchester-East Hants Public Library. “This is about ensuring the dignity and independence of individuals of all abilities and removing barriers to participation. We are committed to continuing to work together with our committee, community members, and stakeholders in order to integrate accessibility into our everyday activities.”
View the full plan.
For an interview or to discuss this release, please contact:
Tiffany Bartlett, Chief Executive Officer