A partnership of government and community agencies invested almost $26 million to help about 15,000 Nova Scotians with disabilities access education and job programs and support during the 2005-06 fiscal year. The Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disability annual report was released by the province today, Dec. 1, in recognition of the International Day of Disabled Persons, which is Sunday, Dec. 3. “Nova Scotia is committed to working with the disabled community and other government partners to address issues and offer services to meet the diverse needs of people with disabilities,” said Community Services Minister Judy Streatch. The Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities helps people with disabilities become employed, succeed in their jobs and remain in the workplace. The bilateral agreement provides an opportunity for governments to work together to improve labour market opportunities for people with disabilities in Nova Scotia. “This report is timely and clearly illustrates why this agreement is integral to assisting people with disabilities gain access to education and employment,” said Anne MacRae, executive director of the Disabled Persons Commission. “This year’s theme, E-accessibility, highlights the importance of providing information in different formats. It can play a key role in assisting people with disabilities access education and employment opportunities.” The Disabled Persons Commission was created in 1990 to advise the provincial government and educate Nova Scotians on issues concerning people with disabilities. About one in five Nova Scotians has a disability. In Nova Scotia the departments of Community Services, Education and Health work together to offer programs that enhance employment for persons with disabilities, such as career counselling, campus-based supports, addiction treatment and mental health services. The Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities Annual Report 2005-06 is available at www.gov.ns.ca/coms/whatsnew.html . More information on the Disabled Persons Commission and the International Day of Disabled Persons can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/disa/ .