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Neil Squire Society work with Penticton Indian Band (up to 2009)

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This presentation was originally given to demonstrate our long standing work with the Penticton Indian Band, primarily through service partnership with Footprints to Technology Centre. Since then we …

This presentation was originally given to demonstrate our long standing work with the Penticton Indian Band, primarily through service partnership with Footprints to Technology Centre. Since then we have delivered more programming, including online computer tutoring and computer donations, but this overviews our foundation work and how we began.

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  • 1. Neil Squire Society &Neil Squire Society & Okanagan PartnershipsOkanagan Partnerships
  • 2. Purpose of PresentationPurpose of Presentation • Provide a background programming and partnerships in the Okanagan • Describe the programs • Speak to Osoyoos Programming
  • 3. Number of People with DisabilitiesNumber of People with Disabilities Aboriginals with Disability rate is ~ > 33%* Number people with Disability: • 1,082 - 1,650 Okanagan on Reserve • 62,750 Aboriginals in BC • 375,292 Aboriginals in Canada • 4.4 million Canadians
  • 4. BC UAIBC UAI • British Columbia Universal Access Initiative • 2004 • Work with CAP sites • Work done with Penticton Indian Band (PIB) and Independent Living Vernon (IL Vernon) • Provided basic Assistive Technology to make workstations more accessible –Chair –Height Adjustable Desk –Trackball –Different Keyboards
  • 5. Adaptive TechnologyAdaptive Technology Kensington® Expert Mouse Optical Trackball SafeType Keyboard Kinesis Contoured Keyboard
  • 6. Cirque® Easy Cat Touchpad Roller Bar Mouse Perfit Mouse Arm Rest
  • 7. Footprints to Technology ProgramFootprints to Technology Program • Penticton Indian Band one-on-one computer tutoring program • Assist the training of Aboriginals with basic computer technology • Neil Squire provided Penticton Indian Band with –10 home computers –Computer curriculum and resources
  • 8. ATEC – Assistive Technology forATEC – Assistive Technology for Employment CentreEmployment Centre • IL Vernon • Provided over $10,000 worth of Assistive Technology –New Computer Station –6 different Keyboards –6 different Mice –Screen Readers, Voice Recognition software –Monitor & Monitor Arm
  • 9. Footprints to Technology BuildingFootprints to Technology Building • Beautiful & home like log building • Opened in January 2006 • Program open to residents of the Okanagan valley • Disability center downstairs • Youth center upstairs Florence MacArthur, Project Manager, PIB
  • 10. Neil Squire Employ-Ability ProgramNeil Squire Employ-Ability Program • Started Oct 2006 • A three year pilot project • To reach 90 people with disabilities and increase their employability
  • 11. StaffStaff Mindy Chad Terry Amadeus
  • 12. Advisory Committee to ProjectAdvisory Committee to Project Volunteers assist the project with community input and expertise at monthly meetings Volunteers; Michelle, James and Anne with staff (missing from photo; Florence Gladys, Sam, Michel)
  • 13. EmployAbility - ModulesEmployAbility - Modules Modules of EmployAbility include: •Assistive Technology & Ergonomics, by distance consultation/on site •Personal Health & Wellness, on site •Career Development, on site & distance •Computer Technology by Distance Learning Additions and Adaptations to the curriculum were made to include Aboriginal cultural values.
  • 14. Neil Squire Employ-Ability ProgramNeil Squire Employ-Ability Program • Also began Employ-Ability program with IL Vernon in 2006
  • 15. Aboriginal Day / Open House,Aboriginal Day / Open House, June 21,2006June 21,2006
  • 16. Elders Computer Introduction ClassElders Computer Introduction Class
  • 17. Footprints to Better LivingFootprints to Better Living Conference, October 2006Conference, October 2006 • Over 40 people with disabilities, Seniors/Elders attended a conference focusing on how Technology can improve your life • Presentations by CNIB, Neil Squire Society, THEO BC, Chronic Pain Self Management and on Preserving Culture by Andrew McGinnis
  • 18. International Day for People withInternational Day for People with Disabilities, 2006Disabilities, 2006
  • 19. Seniors on Seniors - SOSSeniors on Seniors - SOS • National partnership with Neil Squire Society and Health Canada to promote the use of health technologies amongst Elders and Seniors • Peer mentoring program to learn –Cell phones, –Blood pressure & Heart Monitors –Emergency response systems –Answering machines/caller ID
  • 20. All Class Reunion August 3/07All Class Reunion August 3/07
  • 21. Our Graduates Thank YouOur Graduates Thank You
  • 22. Our Graduates Thank YouOur Graduates Thank You
  • 23. Our Graduates Thank YouOur Graduates Thank You
  • 24. Our Graduates Thank YouOur Graduates Thank You
  • 25. Community NavigatorsCommunity Navigators • For Aboriginals with Disabilities on Reserve • Community Navigators - Recruit and train Aboriginal Peers and Elders to provide Peer Support • Help link Aboriginals on Reserve with community and Band services
  • 26. Community Navigator OutreachCommunity Navigator Outreach
  • 27. Community Navigator GoalsCommunity Navigator Goals • Engage all bands in the Okanagan Nation Alliance • Ensure there are Community Navigators in all communities • Serve Aboriginals with Disabilities throughout the Okanagan
  • 28. Community NavigatorsCommunity Navigators • Our first 5 Community Navigators • Our Community Navigator Advisory Committee
  • 29. Thank you for your time and interest in our work Together developing partnerships we can make a difference by empowering people with disabilities