I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity and partnership. Charity is vertical, and it is humiliating going from the top down.

Solidarity and partnership are horizontal. They respect each other, and learn from each other.

reachAbility is built on that belief.

~ Tova Sherman, CEO of reachAbility Association and President of Inclusion In Action

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reachAbility is a leader in engaging communities through understanding our differences, and embracing inclusion.

  • We are the Provincial hosts for National AccessAbility Week (NAAW)

  • We were the first in Canada to launch an accessible arts and film festival - the Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival (BAAFF)

  • We provide a province wide free workshop Opening Doors for Everyone (ODE), educating organizations on Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Legislation

    And, most importantly, we work diligently everyday to equalize the playing field for everyone!

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What happens when NAAW meets BAAFF?


May 25-31, 2020: National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) marks a national celebration and recognition of the contributions made to our country by individuals living with disabilities. This year’s theme Because we can –is a nod to our CEO’s favorite line “I make a difference because I can!”

In honour of reachAbility’s 20 years of service to the community we are offering 40+ events over 7 days. This is no easy feat but thanks to our diverse partners across Nova Scotia and beyond we are proud to be presenting an impressive line up of talent dedicated to equalizing their playing fields.

reachAbility Association is honoured to be the host agency for the Province of Nova Scotia and we are excited to shine a spotlight on the many individuals, organizations and businesses who are actively making a difference and raising awareness about accessibility and inclusion of all citizens in their communities - because they can.

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NAAW may bring accessibility and inclusion to the forefront but here at reachAbility, the conversation never stops. Individuals with disabilities are at the core of our country and always have been. They are our leaders, our innovators, our artists, our students, our colleagues, and our families.

Did you know that 1 in 4 Nova Scotians identifies as living with disability(s)?

Creating a country that is accessible and inclusive to all of our citizens is essential - after all, we all have, have had, or will have a disability in our lifetime.

As an organization reachAbility’s commitment to making a difference because we can is clear. That’s why for the second year in a row we are excited to be bringing key players in accessibility and inclusion to the table. At NAAW 2020 - meet one of the authors of the Accessible Canada Act (ACA) or expand your learning with world-renowned mental health and inclusion specialist, Bill Wilkerson, who will be discussing the results of a new study on AI and mental wellness at work. Join us for a national conversation with NAAW stakeholders or take part in various opportunities for learning and advancing your businesses' inclusive hiring strategies. Even NGO’s that want to make a difference are welcome to participate in our province-wide Open House Project.

If that were not enough, we are proud to welcome BAAFF: The Bluenose-Ability Arts & Film Festival as our week-long event partner.

BAAFF events are free to attend including the hilarious 19+ Because I Can Laugh Comedy Showcase (featuring Cathy Jones and more), various film events, family activities and so much more.

Meet both BAAFF Artists in Residence; Anna Levine (children’s author) and filmmaker Brad Rivers. No matter how you see yourself BAAFF welcomes you to engage both the artists and the art!

So; Join reachAbility and our P3 Partners from May 25th to May 31st, 2020 for what is sure to be an enlightening, engaging, experiential week; jam-packed with community, education, innovation and culture!

We wouldn’t have it any other way!

Tova Sherman
CEO, reachAbility Association


Open House Project

The doors are open during National AccessAbility Week (NAAW), May 25th - 31st, 2020 in communities across Nova Scotia as our partners invite you to see their exhibits, learn about their impact, participate in activities, have a tour, or maybe even join them in their work. The Open House Project showcases our provinces passion and support for accessibility and inclusion, and provides an opportunity for you to learn about services available in your community.

Here’s a sample of what partnering organizations offered during our Open House Project 2019:


Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Yarmouth)

To celebrate National AccessAbility Week and Maude Lewis Month, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia offered free admission to the gallery on Sunday, June 2 (2019) from 12pm-5pm!


Halifax Parks & Recreation

The Department of Parks & Recreation showcased their adapted bikes and ride-on’s as well as highlighted some of the other options that support access & inclusion within recreation opportunities in Halifax Regional Municipality.

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Team City Art Exhibit

Team City Art Hive a community art initiative for young adults with Down syndrome from Team Possibles offered an Open House on Tuesday May 28th, 2019 where a selection of artwork by their members was on display, and their artists were there to speak about their work.


Interested in joining this years Open House Project?

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