Reach Canada - The Canadian Experience


Mission Statement:

To offer educational programs and independent lawyer referral services that address the rights and interests of persons with disabilities, fostering access to justice in the community.


Reach is a lawyer referral organization that helps people with all disabilities including people who are deaf, hard of hearing, people with physical disabilities, mental health issues, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, environmental sensitivities, AIDS and chronic pain. Reach lawyers practice in almost every area of law including, immigration, criminal, family, mental health, personal injury, landlord/tenant and business.

If we are unable to help by providing a lawyer to assist you with your issue, we will try to refer you to the appropriate agency. Reach does not advocate or lobby on behalf of individuals or issues.

Reach was formed in 1981 as a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to educating and informing persons with disabilities, lawyers, care givers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities. We are also committed to ensuring that people with disabilities are provided with quality legal and social representation.

Each year, we receive thousands of calls from people with disabilities who contact Reach for help with such varied issues as: housing, employment, immigration, tax matters, abuse, and mental health issues.

While offering value added support to community services, Reach strives to make Equality for All a Canadian reality. In this effort, Reach's staff, committees and board of directors all contribute to coordinate client-support and education programs, volunteer development activities and fundraising events.

Reach also pioneers new ways to respond to emerging social issues. Literacy, disability and access to justice, for example, have become priority issues for Reach through innovative partnerships with well recognized national institutions such as Canada's 431st Air Demonstration Squadron-the Snowbirds.