WorkBC Assistive Technology Services Helps Trina Maintain Full-Time Employment

Trina showing her wheelchair lift bringing her wheelchair into her van.

Trina works with seniors for a community service organization, helping them connect with community supports and services, as well as providing practical supports to older adults and their families.

She has Mixed-Connective Tissue Disease, which has many of the features and symptoms of lupus, arthritis, and various other conditions.

“This limits my ability to sit on non-supportive chairs and at non-ergonomic workstations; walk or stand for long periods; and write legibly and type quickly. Therefore, it necessitates the use of adaptive equipment for many workplace tasks,” she says.

Through WorkBC Assistive Technology Services, Trina got an ergonomic assessment and received guidance on equipment for her workstation (an adjustable keyboard tray, a supportive office chair, a phone headset), and adaptive computer equipment, as well as help setting it up. WorkBC Assistive Technology Services provided funding for the purchase and installation of a wheelchair lift, as well as a gel wrist pad.

“The adapted workstation has reduced my pain, enabled me to work for longer periods, and increased my efficiency. Having the ability to transport my wheelchair to and from work has given me the ability to comfortably attend training and conferences, and to work in-person post-surgery and when my disease flares,” she says.

Trina sitting in her ergonomic chair at her workstation.“Since I received these supports, I am now able to work for longer days which means I can maintain full-time employment. This also allows me to work a slightly condensed schedule which gives me an extra day off every other week.”

Trina is grateful for the service she received.

“I highly recommend Assistive Technology Services to others who require any type of adaptive support,” she says. “I am extremely grateful for the support I received through Assistive Technology Services. The team there is very thorough and went to great lengths to ensure that I had the most suitable equipment to meet my needs.”

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services is operated by Neil Squire. Assistive Technology Services are available to individuals who have a work-related barrier due to a disability or a functional limitation. This may include barriers related to traveling to and from the workplace.

Questions about WorkBC Assistive Technology Services? Need help applying? Contact us: 1-844-453-5506 or

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