Douglas is a community administrator for a number of mobile home communities in Surrey, handling everything from answering calls to compiling data for new residents to collecting rent.
It’s a lot of work and Douglas faced a number of barriers that made his work tougher.
“My Life Has Changed for the Better,” Nicole Looks to Build a Career Thanks to Assistive Technology Services
Nicole volunteers her time serving as a health coach and leader for workshops that help people with chronic pain — a subject close to her heart.
“I have an autoimmune condition that affects my spine and peripheral joints including neck, arms, and wrists. So I can’t sit for long and use a keyboard to type. That makes it tough to take notes and use a computer for assignments,” she explains.
Kathleen is a full time student at the Vernon campus of Okanagan College.
Nerve damage in her neck due to a car accident and a workplace overuse injury make it hard for her to study for long periods of time.
Deanna had a job offer to think about. An employment counsellor based in Port Alberni, she was on medical leave when she was offered a new position by her employer.
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 Tim, 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.