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Neil Squire Update: March 2022
Neil Squire, We use technology, knowledge and passion to empower Canadians with disabilities.

We Have Solutions!

Listen to Our New Podcast

Neil Squire's AT HelpDesk launched their very own podcast in January.

We Have Solutions! is a monthly podcast about assistive technology, disabilities, and breaking down barriers to accessibility through one-on-one interviews, news, reviews, and more. They’ll talk to a range of guests from within various disability-related communities including assistive technology users, experts in the field, and everything in between.

In the latest episode, they are joined by Courtney Cameron. Courtney is the Atlantic Region's Regional Coordinator of Makers Making Change.

Listen now on Spotify.

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Patty Finds Employment and So Much More

A Working Together Success

Patty was laid off from a local hotel’s laundry staff at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Afterwards, she spent most of her time alone during lockdown, describing herself as a home body who was very shy and was timid of trying new things.

She decided to join Neil Squire’s Working Together program to find employment, particularly with a predictable routine. Since then, she's found employment with STEPs on Arthur and so much more.

“I love going to work and looking forward to what the day brings, I will do it all, whatever needs to be done. The people are great, my customers know me by my first name, and I am happy to go to work!”

Visit our website to read more success stories.

Digital Jumpstart Helps Rural Entrepreneurs With Disabilities

A Digital Jumpstart Success

Community Futures’ Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) in Manitoba and Saskatchewan has made a big difference in helping people with disabilities, particularly those in rural communities, start and expand their businesses.

Manitoba and Saskatchewan program manager, Susan Bater

Community Futures Manitoba and Saskatchewan have had a long partnership with the Neil Squire Prairie Regional Office in Regina, Saskatchewan, often referring their clients to our Digital Jumpstart program to help them raise their computer skills and get them the necessary supports to get online.

“It’s a great partnership in that way, because Neil Squire was able to provide the tools and the training, and that allowed them to access the services we were able to offer,” says Manitoba and Saskatchewan EDP program manager Susan Bater.

“Even if they didn’t use it specifically for their business, we wanted them to know how to take a Zoom call, how to access the webinars and things, and without that computer training they wouldn’t have been able to access a whole range of online services."

 Visit our website to read more success stories.

Randy Continues His Meaningful Work 

A WorkBC Assistive Technology Services Success

“Retirement was not for me, but I did not have necessary technology to enable me to be productive,” says Randy, who is blind.

Randy is a founding board member of the One in Spirit Healing Arts Society, a non-profit society facilitating transformative healing moments, rooted in First Nations teachings. He recently started work as the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Elder-in-Residence for the Nanaimo campus of Vancouver Island University, a job he credits WorkBC Assistive Technology Services for helping him to get.

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services participant, Randy

"The equipment and software enabled me to immediately become productive,” he shares. “Without your assistance I would never have been able to launch projects with One in Spirit. Also, the connections I was able to make through recording stories led to my being hired by Vancouver Island University. I know that with One in Spirit and VIU, your assistance has greatly aided in my career advancement."

Visit our website to read more WorkBC Assistive Technology Services success stories.

Lucas and Olivia 3D Print Assistive Devices for Recreational Therapy

A Makers Making Change Success

Last summer, University of Alberta students Lucas and Olivia worked together during their work experience at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital to print assistive devices to help patients.

“In recreational therapy, our goal is to get patients back to doing the things they love, kind of alongside the rehab, get them out into the community, get them participating in different leisure options, and while they’re here, we want to make sure we’re giving them different activities they can try for the first time,” says Lucas, a recreational therapy student.

“The [3D printed] tools have really helped us do that, and the ones that we’ve used the most honestly are the Makers Making Change designs.”

Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital work experience student, Lucas showcasing his 3D printed items

Both Lucas and Olivia are amazed at the potential of open-source assistive design.

“I mean it’s lifechanging for some people, like Lucas had shown me the signature of one gentleman before free handing with a pen, and then using one of the devices, and it was like night and day,” Olivia shares. “If you don’t need these devices, you just take the fact that you can write your name for granted.”

“And really, I’ve noticed the only limit is your imagination when it comes to this stuff,” says Lucas.

 Visit our website to read more success stories.

Join Our Focus Group Study and Earn $150

Do you have a disability? Have you ever had to contact 911? If so, we could use your help.

Our Research and Development team is conducting a focus group study on how to make contacting 911 easier for Canadians with disabilities.

Participants selected for the study will receive $150.

Complete this questionnaire to determine your eligibility for the study. If you have any questions or need help in completing the questions, please email our project team at: rd.info@neilsquire.ca.

Volunteer With Us!

Help People With Disabilities Learn How to Use Their Laptop, Tablet, or Smartphone

Our Distance Computer Comfort program is looking for volunteer tutors, especially those available during mornings and early afternoons.

For more information, email gordonw@neilsquire.ca or visit our website.

Leaving a Legacy

Planned Giving

A planned gift is a personal and meaningful way to support Neil Squire Society. It allows you the opportunity to give in a way that leaves a lasting legacy, while providing you or your heirs with significant tax benefits.

To learn more about Neil Squire's planned giving program, please contact:

Shelina Dilgir, MA, CFRE
Director of Development
604 473 9363 ext. 141 
shelinad@neilsquire.ca

Support Our Work

Every Gift Makes an Impact

Your support enables access to life-changing technology and knowledge, and invests in bridging the divide between disabled and non-disabled Canadians.

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