Equality and Justice
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REACH Attends Accessible Potential in Support of National AccessAbility Week 

Published on July 16, 2019

REACH Attends Accessible Potential in Support of National AccessAbility Week 

Justine Wong, uOttawa Law Student, June, 2019

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Reach attended Accessible Potential, an open house that showcased the various talents and accomplishments of persons living with disabilities. The evening event was held at the Horticultural Building at Lansdowne Park to mark National AccessAbility Week (NAAW), which starts every year on the last Sunday in May to promote accessibility and inclusion across Canada. NAAW’s key aim is to bring Canadians together to recognize the contributions of persons with disabilities to society in general. By doing so, NAAW encourages Canadians to work together to make sure persons with disabilities have equal opportunities in all areas of society in Canada. 

To highlight NAAW’s message, Accessible Potential was an inspiring night of storytelling and learning. Speakers were prominent Ottawans with disabilities who shared their personal stories of success in various fields, like music, law, education, sports, and technology. Each speaker showed that through perseverance, hard work, and with meaningful support and opportunities, persons with disabilities can rise to be some of the strongest contributors to society.

Max Brault, the organizer behind Accessible Potential, is one of the many exemplary Canadians who contribute meaningfully to society despite living with disability. Brault grew up with spinal muscular atrophy that put him in a wheelchair at age 26. However, living with a disability did not stand in his way of becoming someone important. Brault was determined. He set goals for himself and continued to have aspirations, even though he had to take a different route. In high school, he started his own temporary help agency and learned more about business, finance, and networking when he ran his father’s real estate company. 

Now, at 49, Brault has a number of accomplishments worth noting. He is an employee equity specialist who has served in many government departments. He represented Canada at the World Conference for People with Disabilities at the United Nations in New York. Brault also helped to establish the Public Servants with Disabilities group, which gave insight to Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, that will ensure a barrier-free Canada for people living with disabilities. Overall, Brault has served 20 years as a federal public servant, and events organized by Brault, like Accessible Potential, continue to highlight his commitment to breaking barriers for people living with disabilities.

Brault’s philosophy, “if you let us come in and you let us participate, we promise you we’ll meet that potential,” was clear at Accessible Potential.

By removing barriers to accessibility and inclusion, Canada can benefit and become stronger. Reach was proud to support Accessible Potential at National AccessAbility Week and looks forward to future events. Join us in attending next year’s Accessible Potential event on May 26, 2020!