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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.
This all-inclusive assistive technology program is helping B.C. workers overcome barriers in the workplace
The WorkBC Assistive Technology Services program, operated by Neil Squire, helps people who face obstacles in their employment-related activities by providing access to supportive tech.
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.”
Oliver is the director of a design academy in Victoria. As director, he’s a man of many hats, having a hand in everything from human resources to IT support to public outreach.
“My challenge is adapting to a rapid loss of hearing,” he shares. “This impacts my ability to communicate.”
David is a lead hand supervisor at a post-secondary institution in Kelowna. He is in charge of a wide variety of tasks on campus from event set-up to installing whiteboards to snow removal.
David has suffered from hearing loss since he was born. This can make many parts of his job, which requires a lot of communication with college staff, a lot tougher.