Reach

Reach "Equality and Justice for People with Disabilities" Reach Canada, founded in 1981, is a non-profit organization providing lawyer referral services to persons with disabilities.

It is dedicated to educating and informing people with disabilities, lawyers, advocates, and the public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities.

It is dedicated to educating and informing people with disabilities, lawyers, advocates, and the public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities.

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Tickets are available now for Reach's 40th Anniversary Event on September 30th, 2021. Can't attend but want to support R...
09/20/2021

Tickets are available now for Reach's 40th Anniversary Event on September 30th, 2021.

Can't attend but want to support Reach? Make a donation! Visit www.reachauction.com or details.

Tickets are available now for Reach's 40th Anniversary Event on September 30th, 2021.

Can't attend but want to support Reach? Make a donation! Visit www.reachauction.com or details.

On September 15, 2021, Reach hosted a session on Voters' Rights and Accommodations for People Living with Disabilities j...
09/16/2021
Election 2021: Voters' Rights & Accommodations for People Living with Disabilities

On September 15, 2021, Reach hosted a session on Voters' Rights and Accommodations for People Living with Disabilities just in time for the Fall 2021 Election! Our speaker was Jewelles Smith, Communications and Government Relations Coordinator with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD). The session highlighted challenges for people living with disabilities during election season, accommodations, and practical tips for Election Day. Thank you very much Jewelles Smith for generously offering your time and expertise.

Reach is also very thankful to the Ottawa Community Foundation for making our education sessions possible.

A recording of the session is now available for those who were unable to attend.

https://youtu.be/WhpqPJ0Z6mk

Join REACH Canada for an education session on voters' rights, elections, and special considerations for people living with disabilities in light of the Fall ...

Make sure your voice is heard in the upcoming Federal Election - Visit Elections Canada for information about voting for...
09/10/2021

Make sure your voice is heard in the upcoming Federal Election - Visit Elections Canada for information about voting for people with disabilities and join Reach on September 15 for an educational seminar on Voters' Rights & Accommodations for People Living with Disabilities.

https://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vot&dir=spe&document=index&lang=e
https://bit.ly/3E4D0Ij

Make sure your voice is heard in the upcoming Federal Election - Visit Elections Canada for information about voting for people with disabilities and join Reach on September 15 for an educational seminar on Voters' Rights & Accommodations for People Living with Disabilities.

https://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vot&dir=spe&document=index&lang=e
https://bit.ly/3E4D0Ij

Tickets are available now for Reach's 40th Anniversary Event! Celebrate with us on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Billi...
09/09/2021

Tickets are available now for Reach's 40th Anniversary Event! Celebrate with us on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Billings Estate National Historic Site.

www.reachauction.com

Tickets are available now for Reach's 40th Anniversary Event! Celebrate with us on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Billings Estate National Historic Site.

www.reachauction.com

Meet Jewelles Smith, speaker at Reach's upcoming Election 2021: Voters' Rights & Accommodations for People Living with D...
09/07/2021

Meet Jewelles Smith, speaker at Reach's upcoming Election 2021: Voters' Rights & Accommodations for People Living with Disabilities seminar!

Jewelles Smith is the Communications and Government Relations Coordinator with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD). Ms. Smith is a highly regarded Canadian human rights expert. Ms. Smith has worked extensively on voter engagement for over 15 years, and is a member of the Advisory Group for Disability Issues (AGDI) Committee with Elections Canada. She is a PhD candidate at UBC and focuses on disability rights in her dissertation.

Meet Jewelles Smith, speaker at Reach's upcoming Election 2021: Voters' Rights & Accommodations for People Living with Disabilities seminar!

Jewelles Smith is the Communications and Government Relations Coordinator with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD). Ms. Smith is a highly regarded Canadian human rights expert. Ms. Smith has worked extensively on voter engagement for over 15 years, and is a member of the Advisory Group for Disability Issues (AGDI) Committee with Elections Canada. She is a PhD candidate at UBC and focuses on disability rights in her dissertation.

We're celebrating our 40th anniversary! Visit www.reachauction.com to learn more about the exciting event happening Thur...
09/06/2021

We're celebrating our 40th anniversary! Visit www.reachauction.com to learn more about the exciting event happening Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Billings Estate National Historic Site. Tickets available now for $150 and are very limited - get yours today!

We're celebrating our 40th anniversary! Visit www.reachauction.com to learn more about the exciting event happening Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Billings Estate National Historic Site. Tickets available now for $150 and are very limited - get yours today!

Please note that Reach will be closed Monday, September 6th for Labour Day.If you require urgent assistance with a legal...
09/02/2021

Please note that Reach will be closed Monday, September 6th for Labour Day.

If you require urgent assistance with a legal matter, please contact the Law Society of Ontario at 1-855-947-5255. For non-urgent legal matters, please visit our website to complete a referral request.

If you are in distress or crisis, please contact the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region at 613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991. The Distress Centre can also be contacted through Chat & Text between 10am and 11pm by texting 343-306-5550.

Please note that Reach will be closed Monday, September 6th for Labour Day.

If you require urgent assistance with a legal matter, please contact the Law Society of Ontario at 1-855-947-5255. For non-urgent legal matters, please visit our website to complete a referral request.

If you are in distress or crisis, please contact the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region at 613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991. The Distress Centre can also be contacted through Chat & Text between 10am and 11pm by texting 343-306-5550.

08/19/2021

On August 18, 2021, Reach partnered with the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa Teen Group for an educational session on Human Rights law in Canada. Our speaker was Yavar Hameed, an Ottawa Human Rights lawyer who generously offered his time to share his expertise and answer questions from the youth. We are extremely thankful to the Ottawa Community Foundation for supporting Reach's legal education initiatives and making education sessions with organizations like the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa possible.

In 1981, Lawrence Greenspon, Ernest Tannis, and Rod Carpenter founded REACH - an organization focused on access to justi...
08/17/2021

In 1981, Lawrence Greenspon, Ernest Tannis, and Rod Carpenter founded REACH - an organization focused on access to justice for people with disabilities. Now, 40 years later, Reach works with a network of over 200 volunteer lawyers, paralegals and mediators in Ottawa and the surrounding area to hold educational seminars on a variety of topics relating to all types of disabilities and human rights, in addition to its highly successful legal referral program which connects people with disabilities to legal resources.

In honour of this milestone, Reach has set a goal of raising $4000 in cash donations as part of its annual fundraising auction. By making a contribution, you will help to ensure that Reach can continue to help people with disabilities in our community.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/60166/donation

In 1981, Lawrence Greenspon, Ernest Tannis, and Rod Carpenter founded REACH - an organization focused on access to justice for people with disabilities. Now, 40 years later, Reach works with a network of over 200 volunteer lawyers, paralegals and mediators in Ottawa and the surrounding area to hold educational seminars on a variety of topics relating to all types of disabilities and human rights, in addition to its highly successful legal referral program which connects people with disabilities to legal resources.

In honour of this milestone, Reach has set a goal of raising $4000 in cash donations as part of its annual fundraising auction. By making a contribution, you will help to ensure that Reach can continue to help people with disabilities in our community.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/60166/donation

07/29/2021

Please note that Reach will be closed Monday, August 2, 2021 for the holiday. We will re-open on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

If you require urgent assistance with a legal matter, please contact the Law Society of Ontario at 1-855-947-5255. For non-urgent legal matters, please visit our website to complete a referral request.

If you are in distress or crisis, please contact the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region at 613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991. The Distress Centre can also be contacted through Chat & Text between 10am and 11pm by texting 343-306-5550.

Reach provides legal and resource information to people with all disabilities, their caregivers, educators, lawyers and ...
07/28/2021

Reach provides legal and resource information to people with all disabilities, their caregivers, educators, lawyers and service providers. Seminars and conferences are presented virtually or in-person, on topics such as mental wellness, PTSD, abuse, workplace accommodations, learning disabilities and many other topics related to disabilities.

We want to know which topics are of interested to you. Please take a moment to provide your suggestions.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYq_Di6KG1fMvNuL3y4uhCEG-_jVIH6NRxFOw_5mbMiWO7SQ/viewform

Reach provides legal and resource information to people with all disabilities, their caregivers, educators, lawyers and service providers. Seminars and conferences are presented virtually or in-person, on topics such as mental wellness, PTSD, abuse, workplace accommodations, learning disabilities and many other topics related to disabilities.

We want to know which topics are of interested to you. Please take a moment to provide your suggestions.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYq_Di6KG1fMvNuL3y4uhCEG-_jVIH6NRxFOw_5mbMiWO7SQ/viewform

On July 15, 2021, Reach hosted an educational session on the upcoming changes to the Disability Tax Credit and what that...
07/19/2021

On July 15, 2021, Reach hosted an educational session on the upcoming changes to the Disability Tax Credit and what that means for Canadians living with a disability. We are very thankful to our speaker, Ted Mann, who graciously offered his time to deliver an extremely informative session and answered questions from our participants. We are also thankful to the Ottawa Community Foundation for making sessions like these possible.

On July 15, 2021, Reach hosted an educational session on the upcoming changes to the Disability Tax Credit and what that means for Canadians living with a disability. We are very thankful to our speaker, Ted Mann, who graciously offered his time to deliver an extremely informative session and answered questions from our participants. We are also thankful to the Ottawa Community Foundation for making sessions like these possible.

On July 13, 2021, Reach and Connecting Ottawa partnered to present a virtual education session on Housing and the Duty t...
07/15/2021

On July 13, 2021, Reach and Connecting Ottawa partnered to present a virtual education session on Housing and the Duty to Accommodate. Thank you to our incredible speakers, Marie-Josée Houle from Action Logement, and Sylia Chapman and Sabrina Diotte from Community Legal Services of Ottawa, who took the time to share their expertise with our audience. This virtual education session was made possible with the generous support of the Ottawa Community Foundation.

On July 13, 2021, Reach and Connecting Ottawa partnered to present a virtual education session on Housing and the Duty to Accommodate. Thank you to our incredible speakers, Marie-Josée Houle from Action Logement, and Sylia Chapman and Sabrina Diotte from Community Legal Services of Ottawa, who took the time to share their expertise with our audience. This virtual education session was made possible with the generous support of the Ottawa Community Foundation.

With support from the Ottawa Community Foundation, Reach is launching a project aimed at increasing engagement in access...
07/14/2021

With support from the Ottawa Community Foundation, Reach is launching a project aimed at increasing engagement in access to justice work within the community. Reach will build the capacity of the organization to refer an increasing number of clients to legal professionals and will increase the stability of the organization with the ultimate goal of reducing the strain on the legal system, front-line workers, and people with disabilities who are facing legal challenges.

With support from the Ottawa Community Foundation, Reach is launching a project aimed at increasing engagement in access to justice work within the community. Reach will build the capacity of the organization to refer an increasing number of clients to legal professionals and will increase the stability of the organization with the ultimate goal of reducing the strain on the legal system, front-line workers, and people with disabilities who are facing legal challenges.

07/08/2021

We’ve been working hard to improve customer service for you! Starting today, you’ll only have to remember ONE phone number – 613-560-5000 – contacting us and getting the information you need just became a lot easier. With this new system, we’ll be able to route your calls more efficiently by presenting you with a variety of options to choose from, including but not limited to: Para Transpo services, self-serve options or speak to an agent. Access to the existing phone numbers will be in service while we transition over to the new number. We look forward to connecting with you soon! https://bit.ly/3AB4uDF
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Nous avons travaillé fort pour améliorer le service à la clientèle pour vous! Dès aujourd'hui, vous n'aurez besoin que d'UN seul numéro de téléphone : 613-560-5000. C'est maintenant beaucoup plus facile de nous contacter et d'obtenir les informations dont vous avez besoin. Grâce à ce nouveau système, nous serons en mesure de transférer vos appels plus efficacement en vous proposant diverses options, notamment : services para Transpo, options libre-service ou transfert à un agent. Les numéros de téléphone actuels sont en service pendant la transition vers le nouveau numéro. Au plaisir de vous parler bientôt! https://bit.ly/36itbHk

Meet Sinini, a law student joining Reach for the summer thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program!Why does Sinini work wi...
07/07/2021

Meet Sinini, a law student joining Reach for the summer thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program!

Why does Sinini work with Reach?

"I work with Reach because I believe justice should be accessible to everyone, particularly marginalized groups who are often failed by the justice system. The best part of my job is successfully referring a client to the right legal professional or community resource. Working at Reach, I have learned that there are so many ways to provide justice. Reach demonstrates this through educational sessions offered to the staff and legal professionals to raise awareness on different issues faced by people with disabilities in the legal system. I am grateful to be part of an organization which puts its clients first and does whatever it can to improve access to justice to people with disabilities."

Meet Sinini, a law student joining Reach for the summer thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program!

Why does Sinini work with Reach?

"I work with Reach because I believe justice should be accessible to everyone, particularly marginalized groups who are often failed by the justice system. The best part of my job is successfully referring a client to the right legal professional or community resource. Working at Reach, I have learned that there are so many ways to provide justice. Reach demonstrates this through educational sessions offered to the staff and legal professionals to raise awareness on different issues faced by people with disabilities in the legal system. I am grateful to be part of an organization which puts its clients first and does whatever it can to improve access to justice to people with disabilities."

Reach - Equality and Justice for People with Disabilities is holding its virtual 2020 Annual General Meeting on Thursday...
07/05/2021

Reach - Equality and Justice for People with Disabilities is holding its virtual 2020 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, July 8 2021, at 5:00pm

This meeting will be held via Zoom. To RSVP, visit: https://bit.ly/3hhG9v1

Reach - Equality and Justice for People with Disabilities is holding its virtual 2020 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, July 8 2021, at 5:00pm

This meeting will be held via Zoom. To RSVP, visit: https://bit.ly/3hhG9v1

On June 28, 2021, Reach collaborated with the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre to present a virtual education sessio...
07/02/2021

On June 28, 2021, Reach collaborated with the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre to present a virtual education session on the Rights and Responsibilities of Tenants and Landlords. Thank you very much to our speakers, Paula Callaghan and James Moak for taking the time to share their expertise with our audience. This virtual education session was made possible with the generous support of the Ottawa Community Foundation.

On June 28, 2021, Reach collaborated with the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre to present a virtual education session on the Rights and Responsibilities of Tenants and Landlords. Thank you very much to our speakers, Paula Callaghan and James Moak for taking the time to share their expertise with our audience. This virtual education session was made possible with the generous support of the Ottawa Community Foundation.

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Wednesday 9am - 2pm
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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. Reach works to connect people to the most appropriate legal resource, whether it be a community organization, lawyer, mediator, or paralegal. Reach does not advocate or lobby on behalf of individuals or issues. Each year, Reach receives hundreds of calls from people with disabilities, their family members, and front-line workers seeking assistance with matters pertaining to family law, employment, housing, criminal law, and human rights.

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