A Blueprint for Action to Achieve Equitable Access to Employment Opportunities for Persons With Disabilities in Nova Scotia
Halifax, March 31, 2014 - For Immediate Release -
The Persons with Disabilities Employability Table has completed its final report: “A Blueprint for Action To Achieve Equitable Access to Employment Opportunities For Persons with Disabilities in Nova Scotia”.
You can read or download a copy of the report in Microsoft Word Format or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format on the Persons with Disabilities Employability Table website:
“The choice before us is not whether to change, but how. Do we let the forces around us play out, and adjust our expectations accordingly? Or do we actively engage in shaping the future?”
The Nova Scotia Persons with Disabilities Employability Table was established by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education to make recommendations on strategies to increase the number of persons with disabilities successfully entering and remaining in the Nova Scotia workforce.
This report is the culmination of the research, dialogue, personal and professional understanding of the Table members as they worked towards the fulfillment of the Tables mandate. The labour force participation rate for persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia stands at 52 percent, a full 27 percent lower than the participation rate of non-disabled Nova Scotians. This is 55,000 citizens with disabilities of working age who are not employed. This is both an opportunity to help build Nova Scotia’s “new economy” and a social and economic imperative that must be urgently addressed.
In embarking on building the Blueprint the Table has adopted the following “core assumptions”.
The Table has articulated a vision. We envision a Nova Scotia where:
The Table, in the Blueprint, has proposed specific outcome indicators that would provide a means of measuring the success of the Blueprint implementation. These outcome indicators are:
• The labour force participation rate of Nova Scotians with a disability increases from 52% to 65% by 2019;
Charlie MacDonald, Coordinator
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