Events & News

Join us for a free information session featuring: 

The Bayshore Home Health Logo in dark blue and gold text.

Bayshore Home Health

The Harding Medical logo with a medical cross made up of different light and dark green squares. The following green text is featured to the right of the cross: harding medical Delivering Independence

Harding Medical

Payzant Building Products LTD. logo featuring "INSTALLS by Payzant" black text and a black house shape to the right of the text with an electric screwdriver featured in the bottom right-hand corner of the house.

Payzant's Home Hardware

They will provide more information about their collaborative services so Nova Scotians experiencing disability can live independently at home. 

When: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: online by Zoom and in person at the ILNS head office - 7071 Bayers Road, Suite L153, Halifax, NS B3L 2C2

What: Topics covered in this session include retrofitting services, assisted living products and installation, in-home daily living activity support, and more! 

Register today:

Since 2012, ILNS has hosted the Art of Disability Festival to showcase several talented artists with disabilities. The event highlights all aspects of the arts from fine art to performance art and everything in between. Over the years, the number of artists that participate in this festival has grown to include approximately 30 individuals. This event is a day of sharing, learning and celebrating the diverse talents in the community. 

After over two decades, our Holiday Gala is still the most anticipated event of the year with more than a hundred and twenty individuals coming together to share the spirit of the season. During this holiday season many ILNS consumers will enjoy our Christmas Gala and Dance surrounded by family, peers, and advocates. This event includes a traditional three-course meal, special addresses, and dancing to finish off the evening.

Independent Living Across Canada Day (ILACD) 

On the first Monday in June, we celebrate Independent Living Across Canada Day (ILACD), through a variety of in person or virtual events. We come together to recognize the barriers that have been removed so persons with disabilities can live independently as well as the work that continues to be accomplished for Independent Living, accessibility and inclusion for all! 

Whether it's through virtual Zoom sessions or special holiday edition recipes, we provide the know how and gift cards so you can learn to make affordable and healthy meals. Stay tuned for upcoming monthly Community Cooking & Connections (CCC), by signing up for our mailing list below.

Our newest peer support event, which was a huge success in October of 2023, is a dance in an accessible venue, with treats, costumes, music, dancing, and more. Sign up for our email list below and stay tuned for our next Halloween Haunt. 

Our Monthly Bulletin will keep you informed with everything going on within our organization. To view past bulletins, click here. To sign up for our email list, click here.

Community Connections

See below for current information we receive from our partners, other organizations, and government agencies:

Online Mental Health Peer Support Group

Hope for Mental health offers an online peer support group for individuals affected by mental health concerns every Thursday at 6:30 pm. To more information or to join, contact Adrienne at

Club Inclusion Lunch Club

Join Club Inclusion for Lunch Club on Saturday May 18, from 9:00 am-12:30 pm at Club Halifax (2652 Joseph Howe Dr). During this session you will cook a delicious meal, eat together, and enjoy time with friends. They will be making roasted tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, and chocolate pudding with whipped cream and strawberries. Cost is $25 per person, paid at the session by cash, cheque, or debit. 

Spaces are limited and filled first come first serve. Register by emailing Linnea at 

Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion Conference

Join the Accessible Canada Directorate of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) for the third annual Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion (CCDI) taking place on May 23, 2024 from 11:30 am-6:30pm, via Zoom. The theme for the event is Forward together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All

The event provides an opportunity to bring together persons with disabilities, disability organizations, public and private sector organizations, employers, innovators and thought leaders to exchange ideas and ground-breaking insights to help shape accessible and inclusively designed communities and workplaces across Canada. 

Register here:

Club Inclusion May Bloom Dance

Join Club Inclusion on Friday, May 31, from 7-9pm for their May Bloom Dance at Club Halifax! Featuring music by DJ ACE and a performance by their dance team. Registration is not required, administration is $10 at the door. 

Sensory Accessible Concerts

This Sensory Accessible Concert will take place on Sunday, June 9, at 2:00 PM, at the Halifax Central Library. It will feature Mi'kmaw storyteller Cathy LeBlanc, guitarist and vocalist Anna Plaskett, and host Jennifer King. 

This event is free to attend but registration is required, register here:

Pedestrian Travel Survey

Dalhousie University's PEACH (Planning for Equity, Accessibility, and Community Health) Research Unit is seeking experience from people living with disabilities (18 years or older) to participate in a short, anonymous survey asking about how accessible it is to travel as a pedestrian to daily destinations. 

Survey link:

For questions please reach out to the PEACH team via email at

Regional Transportation Plan Sessions

The Joint Regional Transportation Agency (JRTA) is a provincial Crown corporation that is currently developing a regional transportation plan for Halifax and surrounding areas. This plan will create a long-term, coordinated vision for a regional transportation system and address transportation issues linked to rapid growth. 

The JRTA is holding information sessions about what they have developed so far, the recording of the virtual information session can be found here: Engage JRTA

The JRTA is also holding in-person drop-in sessions, find one near you here: JRTA Drop-ins

How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Have you ever felt nervous or anxious before a job interview? If you are a job seeker with a disability, you may have experienced some additional challenges and barriers in the interviewing process. For example, you may have wondered how to disclose your disability, request accommodations, or deal with potential biases or stereotypes. 

You are not alone! The CCRW has prepared a blog where you will learn some tips and strategies on how to prepare for an interview, the current and future trends in the job market, and the best practices for interviewing as a person with a disability. 

To read the blog visit,

YLI Toolkit Launched

The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) Team proudly presents the YLI Toolkit, a free online multimedia resource hub for youth with disabilities and employers looking to make their workplaces more inclusive and accessible. The Toolkit will offer a one-stop resource database that provides tangible solutions to many of the attitudinal barriers faced by post-secondary youth with disabilities during their employment search.

For full details visit

Explore the YLI Toolkit, use it, and let them know your thoughts by submitting your suggestions or feedback. Click here to give feedback

Free Online ASL Classes

Have you wanted to learn American Sign Language (ASL) but the cost of the program has prevented you? The Oklahoma School for the Deaf is offering free online ASL classes. They are offering two pre recorded self guided classes: ASL 1 and ASL 2. 

This is a great resource for parents and teachers wanting to learn ASL. To learn more and to register visit: https://courses.osd

Inclusive Writing Guidelines and Resources 

The Government of Canada has put together a webpage for you to consult in-depth articles on the principles and techniques of inclusive writing in English. The guidelines for Inclusive Writing are designed to help the federal public service and other organizations produce writing that is free of discrimination based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, or any other identity factor. View the Inclusive Writing Webpage here.

Some of the articles include, but are not limited to:

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