A public sector employee based in Prince George, David spends many hours each day poring over data. His work also involves discussing that data, communicating face-to-face, over the phone, and over Skype.
Having a “profound hearing impairment since birth,” that can be quite difficult for David.
Since receiving support from the WorkBC Assistive Technology Services program, Rhiannon’s life has changed a lot.
“I have money in my savings account for the first time in five years, I have more money for healthcare treatments, and am able to pay student loans without struggling every month,” she explains.
On a jobsite, it’s important to be able to communicate effectively — not only to get the job done, but more importantly, to stay safe.
It’s something Tanner, a young level 1 electrical apprentice based in Port Coquitlam, knows quite well. His work often finds him on high-rise buildings.
Kevin is a Maple Ridge based entrepreneur who has devoted his work to helping others.
With his company, Society Wheelchairs Ltd, he designs and manufactures custom wheelchairs — alleviating pain and other seating issues — for his clients. Para-sports are another aspect to his work, with Kevin developing protective equipment for adaptive climbing.
Darlene is a senior who works as an associate at a dollar store in Sidney; her duties include working the till and the stocking shelves.
She suffers from hearing loss in both ears.
Tianna, a single mother living in Kelowna, is continuing her education as she looks towards a future career.
However, she faces multiple barriers in both her program and on her path to employment.
“I have neck, back, and spine injuries,” she shares. “I deal with chronic pain and limitations doing certain tasks.”
Adam is a web developer based in Victoria. His work — which involves long hours on the computer — is taxing on his body due to a spinal cord condition.
“I have a spinal cord condition that causes chronic back and lower body pain. It makes it difficult to sit or stand for prolonged periods,” he says. “It also makes it difficult to concentrate and problem solve.”
Jeffrey is an apartment manager in Vancouver, responsible for everything from checking new tenants into the building to responding to on-call issues like noise complaints.
It’s a job that requires good communication with tenants and the contractors he calls to take care of maintenance issues.
However, he’s been struggling with his hearing — dealing with tinnitus, sound sensitivity, and hearing loss.
Working for a home care provider in Kelowna, Karen helps clients live in their own homes by coming over and helping them with tasks ranging from meal prep to dressing and bathing.
Karen was finding, however, that she needed help herself.
“I am a middle aged woman in fair health with a hearing impairment,” she explains. “I cannot always hear what clients are saying.”
Tessa couldn’t be happier with the accommodations she received through WorkBC Assistive Technology Services.
“I cannot stress enough how important these accommodations were to giving me the opportunity to continue my education. I highly doubt that going back to school would be possible without the proper equipment that was provided to me,” she says. “Not only does this help me with work, but it gives me hope in a brighter future.”