I HAVE MY LIFE BACK

 

Neil Squire Society Update: July 2018
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Neil Squire Society
Update

“I no longer need to work from home”

A Technology@Work Success

Spinal muscular atrophy is a progressive condition that weakens a person’s muscles. When David was diagnosed with it, his doctors believed he wouldn’t live past the age of two.

Technology@Work Participant, David

“I’ve always been an overachiever. As you can see, not only have I lived past the age of 2 but I have thrived,” says David on his website.

Over forty years later, David is working as a Quality Assurance Analyst at a company that creates digital health apps that use behavioral psychology and gamification to help people follow their prescribed health routines.

David experiences pain on a daily basis. He uses a power wheelchair with a joystick to get around. When he takes public transit to work, it expands his 8-hour workday to 11 hours. Because of this, he would find himself working from home quite often.

David applied to Technology@Work hoping to make his van wheelchair-accessible. He received funding towards vehicle modifications, enabling him to use his van as a passenger. Now, David is able to commute to work every day.

“I have more confidence, feel better about myself and I have some more freedom financially to do some of the things I have always wanted to do. If some assistive technology will help you achieve or improve your employment, Technology@Work can help you!”

Visit our website to read David’s success story.

“I have my life back!”

A Computer Comfort Success

In 1998, Diann underwent treatment which included a strong pharmaceutical that affected her brain. “I never really recovered,” she says. “I found myself dealing with depression, anxiety, and chronic fatigue.”

a woman using a laptop

As Diann was on the path to recovery, she started going to school. However, she fell down a flight of stairs and suffered a major brain trauma. She learned to walk and talk again on her own, but she felt lost and found herself homeless and poor.

At that time, a friend told her about the Neil Squire Society and strongly advised her to reach out. “From the very minute I walked into Neil Squire, my life began to evolve. For the first time, I felt I was not treated like I was ‘different’,” she remembers.

Alongside meetings with her case manager, Diann started attending Computer Comfort classes once a week, where she worked on developing basic computer skills. “I looked so forward to Fridays,” she says. “It was everything to me. One day a week was bringing my life back.”

With the help of the Neil Squire Society, Diann secured a job as a Medical Office Assistant.  Her Computer Comfort lessons were pivotal in being able to learn the computer system used in the doctor’s office.

“Neil Squire literally changed my life,” says Diann. “I have my life back! I am working now, something I was afraid I could never do. I have confidence and I feel worthwhile.”

Visit our website to read Diann’s success story.

Jessica Meets a Huge Goal

A Working Together Success

Jessica, who has cerebral palsy, was fresh out of school with a diploma in therapeutic recreation. After a year of looking for work on her own, she decided she needed help.

Working Together participant, Jessica

Although she is able to do “about 97% of everything” on her own, Jessica’s condition does affect her physical ability at work. After expressing her frustration with finding a job, Jessica learned about the Neil Squire Society’s Working Together Program through a friend.

Through Working Together, Jessica built on the skills she had hoped to learn, and started applying to jobs. One job in particular caught her eye: Guest Services Representative at Coquitlam Centre. “I had a love for Coquitlam Centre. I don’t know why, I just always felt connected to it and I liked the atmosphere. So when a job came up last year, I applied – and I didn’t get the job.”

This did not deter Jessica, who spent time further honing her skills. To her surprise, the same job was reposted exactly a year later. This time, she applied and successfully landed the position. She instantly realized that the role would fit her like a glove.

“Without the Neil Squire Society, none of this would have been possible,” says Jessica. “I’m really grateful and I think that the Neil Squire Society is a wonderful organization that actually cares and prepares somebody to be in the workforce with tools that stick with you, so that you can use them on a constant basis and in the future. I’m really thankful.”

Visit our website to read Jessica’s success story.

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