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Save Transition Program for Youth with Disabilities (ACEE)

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The Access to Community Education and Employment, ACEE, (pronounced ‘ace’) program is a 10 month transition program for youth with disabilities to help them make an effective transition from high school to the next step in their lives and to enhance their employability skills.

It is a culmination of 11 years of work within the disability and education sectors in response to an identified gap in service for youth with disabilities. Community groups that serve persons with disabilities participate in the planning and delivery of this program and focuses on four critical stumbling blocks which were specifically identified for youth with disabilities:

 ·        Independent living skills such as grocery shopping, budgeting, transportation and problem-solving;

·        Literacy and math skills related to education or work goals;

·        Job development and work experience; and

·        Career planning


The removal of funding as of June 30th, 2016 is inappropriate and undermines the entire transition model that has been worked on during the past ten months to prepare youth with disabilities for life in the community.

This program works and provides the foundation for a successful transition for young people with disabilities who would be sidelined from employment and further education. 

The ACEE program has been proceeding under the leadership of Independent Living Nova Scotia. Astonishingly, we are now in the position of having to call 36 young people and their families who have had their hopes raised to tell them that there is no future support beyond June 30th; the program is cancelled.

 We need assistance from you to get ACEE back on track.

Losing this program means losing  entry point to the world of employment and independence and creates a GAP in the support system needed to become an independent individual engaged at all levels of our community as a person with disability.

Strengthening the transition from High School to community has proven to create a higher level of success for these individuals, as written by Government in the LMPAD report. Ministers Joanne Bernard and Kelly Regan say that “Our goal is to improve employment outcomes for persons with disabilities by enhancing employability skills, increasing employment opportunities and increasing labour market participation rates” in the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities – Annual Report 2014-2015.

We ask that the Departments of Education and Community Services continue to support Independent Living Nova Scotia’s Access to Community Education and Employment Program.

We, the undersigned, ask the Minister of Community Services – Joanne Bernard, the Minister of  Labour & Advanced Education – Kelly Regan and the Minister of Education and Early Childhood - Karen Casey, to immediately reinstated financial support for  ILNS’ ACEE program and subsequently, support disabled youth to reach their fullest potential.

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