Holly is a nursing unit clerk in the medical surgical unit at her local hospital in Smithers. Her long list of duties includes keeping medical charts up-to-date, admissions and discharges of patients, and processing doctors’ orders.
“My workplace is very busy and high paced and I am always moving and double tasking,” she explains.
WorkBC Assistive Technology Services “Enabled Me to Continue Operating My Small Engineering Business For Many Years to Come”
Robert is a self-employed civil engineer, contracted to undertake project work by local governments. He works from his home office in Courtenay, but also travels to various work sites and client offices.
He has adult onset limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, and has been using a power wheelchair full time for over five years.
With the travel that his work requires, Robert needs a wheelchair accessible van — a big expense.
Terry owns a contracting and consulting business, where he’s a man of many hats — acting as general manager, chief estimator, and senior project manager.
He has vision challenges. He had heard about the WorkBC Assistive Technology Services program from a family member and decided to apply.
Kevin is a business development manager for a manufacturing company. Based in Abbotsford, he works to provide architects throughout Western Canada with products for their projects, and is always looking for new opportunities for the company to sell their products.
Communication is an important aspect of Kevin’s job. However, he has hearing loss, which can sometimes make that difficult.
Melanie is a specialized employment counsellor based in Campbell River. She helps people with disabilities and mental health impacts find sustainable employment.
“I believe with the right fit, technology, and natural supports comes great opportunities for meaningful employment for all people with disabilities,” she explains.
Dawn recently started a writing business from her home in Vernon, writing complaint letters for clients and focusing on dispute resolution.
She has hand tremors, as well as bipolar disorder, which makes a typical workplace difficult for her.
“I Feel So Much More Confident In My Job,” WorkBC Assistive Technology Services Helps Michael Get New Hearing Aids
Michael works as a courier in the Lower Mainland. His daily duties include handling and processing packages in a depot, and then delivering them to local businesses and residences.
He is hearing impaired, which can be a challenge in a job that involves both dealing with customers and having to be aware of your surroundings.
Karen started a part-time job as an administrator at her church in Vancouver. She oversees office duties, like replying to emails, answering the phones, organizing weekly worship services, and coordinating the weekly newsletter. She also deals with the different rental users of the building.
However, her workday is made harder by her disability. Since birth, Karen has lived with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, which affects her speech, coordination, muscle dexterity, balance, and mobility.
Zeina has operated a successful project management consulting business for over a decade. Currently working from her home in Burnaby, she spends much of her time on the computer and in conference calls with various clients.
However, the work takes a toll on Zeina.