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 was conceived in response to the United Nations designation of 1981 as the International Year of Disabled Persons. During our existence, the growth and development of our organization has reflected the progress made in society with respect to both attitudes and the integration and accommodation of persons who have a disability.
Reach was incorporated on February 17th, 1981. Since then, approximately 180 lawyers and 100 plus other volunteers annually give their time and expertise to the attainment of Reach's objectives. Reach has grown from a steering committee of twenty people to an organization with a dedicated staff of three and, when possible, additional placements. A volunteer committee was formed followed by the establishment of a Board of Directors composed of members of the legal and educational communities as well as members of the public sector and corporate/business communities.
Reach began by taking on a case for an individual who became inspirational for the creation of Reach - Rod Carpenter. Through determined effort, a bank account was arranged for Rod, which permitted him to use his thumbprint as a signature. Today persons with cross disabilities call upon Reach on a regular basis. From the beginning, the support and involvement of local lawyers has been unprecedented. In addition to regularly assisting clients in legal matters relating to their disability, Reach lawyers also volunteer their services on various committees, education programs, speaking at our Advanced Seminar Series and to other disability related organizations.
Presently in our 35th year, Reach has grown from small community organization towards a regional force providing conferences and seminars pertaining to disability rights. Our most recent conference titled Mental Wellness in the Workplace, took place on April 21, 2016 in partnership with law firm Jewitt McLuckie and Associates LLP.
Charitable Number: 10788 9297 RR0001