Friday, July 6, 2012
Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia's ReachAbility are working together to remove barriers to students with disabilities entering the legal profession. ReachAbility is contributing $10,000 annually over the next four years, while Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law will contribute $5,000 in the first year, with promises to fundraise for future scholarships.
Not only does the scholarship fill a need for students with disabilities, who are statistically more likely to face financial barriers when entering post-secondary education, it also fulfills the need for diversity in the student population. As ReachAbility founder Tova Sherman sees it, "[t]he legal community gains because those lawyers are going to have experience working with someone with a disability and realizing all those preconceived notions...[are] not the whole story,”