Neil Squire Society &Neil Squire Society &
Okanagan PartnershipsOkanagan Partnerships
Purpose of PresentationPurpose of Presentation
• Provide a background programming and
partnerships in the Okanagan
• Descr...
Number of People with DisabilitiesNumber of People with Disabilities
Aboriginals with Disability rate is ~ > 33%*
Number p...
BC UAIBC UAI
• British Columbia Universal Access Initiative
• 2004
• Work with CAP sites
• Work done with Penticton Indian...
Adaptive TechnologyAdaptive Technology
Kensington®
Expert Mouse
Optical Trackball
SafeType
Keyboard
Kinesis Contoured
Keyb...
Cirque® Easy Cat
Touchpad
Roller Bar Mouse
Perfit
Mouse
Arm Rest
Footprints to Technology ProgramFootprints to Technology Program
• Penticton Indian Band one-on-one computer
tutoring prog...
ATEC – Assistive Technology forATEC – Assistive Technology for
Employment CentreEmployment Centre
• IL Vernon
• Provided o...
Footprints to Technology BuildingFootprints to Technology Building
• Beautiful & home like log building
• Opened in Januar...
Neil Squire Employ-Ability ProgramNeil Squire Employ-Ability Program
• Started Oct 2006
• A three year pilot project
• To ...
StaffStaff
Mindy
Chad
Terry
Amadeus
Advisory Committee to ProjectAdvisory Committee to Project
Volunteers assist the
project with
community input
and expertis...
EmployAbility - ModulesEmployAbility - Modules
Modules of EmployAbility include:
•Assistive Technology & Ergonomics,
by di...
Neil Squire Employ-Ability ProgramNeil Squire Employ-Ability Program
• Also began Employ-Ability program with IL
Vernon in...
Aboriginal Day / Open House,Aboriginal Day / Open House,
June 21,2006June 21,2006
Elders Computer Introduction ClassElders Computer Introduction Class
Footprints to Better LivingFootprints to Better Living
Conference, October 2006Conference, October 2006
• Over 40 people w...
International Day for People withInternational Day for People with
Disabilities, 2006Disabilities, 2006
Seniors on Seniors - SOSSeniors on Seniors - SOS
• National partnership with
Neil Squire Society and
Health Canada to prom...
All Class Reunion August 3/07All Class Reunion August 3/07
Our Graduates Thank YouOur Graduates Thank You
Our Graduates Thank YouOur Graduates Thank You
Our Graduates Thank YouOur Graduates Thank You
Our Graduates Thank YouOur Graduates Thank You
Community NavigatorsCommunity Navigators
• For Aboriginals with Disabilities on
Reserve
• Community Navigators - Recruit a...
Community Navigator OutreachCommunity Navigator Outreach
Community Navigator GoalsCommunity Navigator Goals
• Engage all bands in the Okanagan
Nation Alliance
• Ensure there are C...
Community NavigatorsCommunity Navigators
• Our first 5 Community
Navigators
• Our Community
Navigator Advisory
Committee
Thank you for your time and interest in our
work
Together developing partnerships
we can make a difference
by empowering p...
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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 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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Neil Squire Society work with Penticton Indian Band (up to 2009)

  1. 1. Neil Squire Society &Neil Squire Society & Okanagan PartnershipsOkanagan Partnerships
  2. 2. Purpose of PresentationPurpose of Presentation • Provide a background programming and partnerships in the Okanagan • Describe the programs • Speak to Osoyoos Programming
  3. 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. 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. 5. Adaptive TechnologyAdaptive Technology Kensington® Expert Mouse Optical Trackball SafeType Keyboard Kinesis Contoured Keyboard
  6. 6. Cirque® Easy Cat Touchpad Roller Bar Mouse Perfit Mouse Arm Rest
  7. 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. 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. 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. 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. 11. StaffStaff Mindy Chad Terry Amadeus
  12. 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. 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. 14. Neil Squire Employ-Ability ProgramNeil Squire Employ-Ability Program • Also began Employ-Ability program with IL Vernon in 2006
  15. 15. Aboriginal Day / Open House,Aboriginal Day / Open House, June 21,2006June 21,2006
  16. 16. Elders Computer Introduction ClassElders Computer Introduction Class
  17. 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. 18. International Day for People withInternational Day for People with Disabilities, 2006Disabilities, 2006
  19. 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. 20. All Class Reunion August 3/07All Class Reunion August 3/07
  21. 21. Our Graduates Thank YouOur Graduates Thank You
  22. 22. Our Graduates Thank YouOur Graduates Thank You
  23. 23. Our Graduates Thank YouOur Graduates Thank You
  24. 24. Our Graduates Thank YouOur Graduates Thank You
  25. 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. 26. Community Navigator OutreachCommunity Navigator Outreach
  27. 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. 28. Community NavigatorsCommunity Navigators • Our first 5 Community Navigators • Our Community Navigator Advisory Committee
  29. 29. Thank you for your time and interest in our work Together developing partnerships we can make a difference by empowering people with disabilities

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