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Disability Community

From the school yard to the workplace and every public place in between, every Nova Scotian is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination based on mental or physical disability.

Human RightsDiscrimination can be direct, such as when your autistic child is not allowed to attend a class field trip or indirect, when a rule or policy may seem fair or intend to be fair, but actually causes certain people to be treated differently.

It does not matter that you did not intend to treat a person or group differently. What matters is whether your actions result in discrimination.

Depending on the exact issue involved, the first line of defence is usually either the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission or the Canadian Human Rights Commission. In appropriate circumstances, there may also be direct access to the courts pursuant to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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A "blawg" dedicated to providing practical advice to assist individuals with special needs and their family members in Nova Scotia with navigating the educational and community services systems.