Nova Scotians Launch Accessibility Awareness Campaign
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 2, 2005
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--Mary McDonald, a student at Nova Scotia Community College, recently toured Halifax in her power wheelchair looking for a quiet restaurant.
Instead, she found about 15 restaurants that had barriers to her getting inside.
"It reduces my freedom of choice," she told the Halifax Herald Limited. "I don't have the same range of options to enjoy my time and to socialize the way that able-bodied people do."
McDonald said she wants the province to pass legislation requiring such businesses to be accessible, not just government buildings. She also hopes businesses would take the initiative themselves, if not out of goodwill, then for profit.
"They're losing business . . . because people with mobility problems and wheelchairs can't go there," she explained.
McDonald and other advocates talked to the Herald Limited as part of Access Awareness Week in Nova Scotia, which runs May 29 through June 4.
The Partnership for Access Awareness scheduled a number of events throughout the province to draw attention to the need to eliminate physical barriers to accessibility, along with social barriers to inclusion.
"When the doorstep's the limit" (The Halifax Herald Limited)
Rick Hansen Man In Motion Foundation
Access Awareness Week