Thirty-nine Nova Scotians will help develop the province’s first accessibility standards. “This is another significant milestone in reaching our goal of an accessible province by 2030,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “I want to thank all the individuals who applied to serve on the committees and I especially want to congratulate the individuals who will contribute to this important work.” The Education Standard Development Committee will develop recommendations for standards to make the education system more accessible for students with disabilities, while the Built Environment Standard Development Committee will focus on the accessibility of buildings and public spaces. The committees will assist the Minister’s Accessibility Advisory Board in preparing recommendations for government. Most committee members identify as having a disability, including those with visual, mobility, auditory and learning disabilities. “The expertise of these individuals in the education and built-environment sectors will help ensure that our standards will provide equitable access to education and infrastructure throughout the province,” said Mr. Furey. One hundred and forty-three applications were received for the committees. The Accessibility Advisory Board reviewed the applications and recommended members to the minister. “The board was pleased to receive so many applications from Nova Scotians with such diverse and extensive expertise in education and the built environment,” said Doug Foster, chair of the Accessibility Advisory Board. “It is a reflection of the high level of interest and engagement in advancing accessibility in our province.” Persons with disabilities, organizations that represent persons with disabilities, and organizations and sectors impacted by the standards will be consulted throughout the process. The first standards are expected to be enacted by 2021 and implemented beginning in 2022. Development of standards for employment, goods and services, information and communication, and transportation will begin at a rate of one per year, beginning in 2021.
RENO, Nev. — The Federal Highway Administration has approved plans for $1.5 billion in improvements to a major interstate interchange and more than a dozen highway exits in Reno and Sparks over the next 20 years.The agency issued a final environmental impact statement and record of decision selecting the alternative preferred by state transportation officials to reconfigure the Spaghetti Bowl where I-80, I-580 and U.S. 395 meet east of downtown Reno.The project is intended to improve safety and reduce travel times in the metro area where the population is expected to grow 27% the next two decades.The Reno-Sparks population has quadrupled since the interchange was originally constructed in the 1960s and 1970s.Nevada Department of Transportation Director Kristina Swallow says the 28 months it took NDOT to complete the environmental impact statement was the fastest in agency history.The Associated Press