Community Health

Funding level: Up to $50,000


Nova Scotians with disabilities face challenges on a daily basis that many of us do not have to consider. In a province with the highest ratio of persons with disabilities in Canada (20% per capita), Easter Seals Nova Scotia’s primary focus has been to deliver high quality services and programs to children, youth, and adults with disabilities since 1931. We are a primary destination for Nova Scotians with disabilities seeking information, support, equipment and opportunities. Equally as important is the critical role we play as advocates for a barrier-free province. We promote inclusion, independence, and mobility for Nova Scotians with disabilities.

Many barriers exist that limit or rule out active participation in physical activity, community participation, employment, and socialization. From simple activity we take for granted such as swinging on a swing in the local playground to joining teammates on the soccer pitch, Nova Scotians with disabilities are often relegated to the sidelines. Other barriers limit access to gainful employment and career building opportunities, and financial barriers prohibit many with disabilities from accessing wheelchairs and other mobility equipment. Statistics show significantly lower levels of participation among physically disabled persons compared to those who are non-disabled. Persons with disabilities are often unable to participate and are left watching from the sidelines. Low levels of health and fitness for persons with disabilities also increase the demand on the health care system and can lead to secondary disabling conditions. Physical activity can reduce anxiety, stress, and pain levels and reduce the instances of secondary health complications.

Our barrier-free Camp Tidnish is a pillar in inclusive recreational programming in Nova Scotia, and we need to maintain both its physical and financial accessibility for families who have loved ones living with a disability. Our goal is for all campers to be involved in ad exposed to the facets of being physically active and the benefits of a healthy life style. Camp Tidnish's Healthy Living approach to summer camp includes activities like, adaptive canoe kayak sessions, daily accessible swimming, yoga, and a variety of creative and adaptive sports and games that empathize being more physically active. We grow various type of food in our accessible raised garden beds and promote the garden to plate philosophy of healthy eating.

We continue to look at improving our activities available to the campers, and wish to increase the number of play stations available. This upcoming year we wish to add an adaptive archery program and installation of a much needed fully accessibly outdoor play space. With up to 300 children, youth and adults participating in our camp programs, these added activities will provide more physical activity during the camp sessions. This will be achieved with us supplying and installing new accessible play space with ramps, rubber flooring, height adjustable equipment, roll on swing set and elevated sand boxes and lowered play items, such as game panels and accessible routes and paths. Our new archery range will provide another physical and visual based activity.

Our goal is that once our campers have experienced and are exposed to healthy living and increased physical activity, they will return home to seek out and participate in more recreational activities on an on-going basis.

Broker supported

Easter Seals Nova Scotia

Location: Amherst