[email protected] extended

A $3-million investment by the Province will allow a popular program that helps people with disabilities to operate for another year.

Hundreds of people with disabilities will be able to achieve greater independence and find meaningful employment, thanks to the extension of the Province's popular [email protected] program.

More than 1,140 people have already accessed [email protected], where people with disabilities can get the assistive technology they need for employment.

"People with disabilities have the skills and talents that many B.C. employers are looking for," said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. "Everyone in B.C. deserves an equal opportunity at finding meaningful employment, and the extension of this program will give people continued access to the technology they need."

Jack McAllen, a visual effects artist, has benefited from the [email protected] program. Born with a hearing impairment, further deterioration to his hearing was making it increasingly difficult for him to receive feedback on his work.

"I definitely feel like now I actually have a future," McAllen said. "Now, I don't have to worry about not being able to hear people. It has definitely boosted my future employment opportunities."

The program has provided assistive technologies, such as mobility supports, alternative keyboards, voice input equipment and workplace modifications to people provincewide. The Neil Squire Society also provides expertise and advice to employers who are, or want to be, more accessible and inclusive.

The [email protected] program is one of a number of services and supports available to people with disabilities in B.C. that help them on their path to employment. Other supports available through the Employment Program of British Columbia include career planning and workshops, skills training and job coaching and extended followup support..

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