Neil Squire Society for CUPE: Overview and Financial Services Study

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This presentation was given December 2nd, 2013, to a meeting of CUPE Disability Committee at their office in Burnaby. It covers the services of the Neil Squire Society, with a focus on our Research …

This presentation was given December 2nd, 2013, to a meeting of CUPE Disability Committee at their office in Burnaby. It covers the services of the Neil Squire Society, with a focus on our Research and Development Department and their current financial services research survey. The survey can be completed at http://www.neilsquire.ca/survey/en/survey.php

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  • 1. CUPE Presentation – December 2nd, 2013
  • 2. Why Does Accessibility Matter: 14.3% of Canadians have a disability [Statistics Canada. Participation and Activity Limitation Survey 2006] Type of Disability Mobility and Agility Number of Canadians Affected 2,286,000 Deaf/Hard of Hearing 506,000 Blind/Visually Impaired 326,000 Cognitive 503,000 Total 3,600,000
  • 3. Who is the Neil Squire Society? • Canadian not-for-profit • Community-based organization • Establish 29 years ago • Served more than 29,000 people to date
  • 4. Neil Squire Society Programming • Assistive Technology • Computer Tutoring • Computer Refurbishing • Employment • Wage Subsidy
  • 5. Assistive Technology • Provide assessments and training focused on the individual • Occupational Therapists & Assistive Technology Specialists • Over 250 pieces of hardware & software
  • 6. Computer Comfort • One-on-one Computer Tutoring with a volunteer • Once a week for two hours, for 4 months • Client sets the learning goals
  • 7. Computer Refurbishing • Provide used computers to people with disabilities • Reloaded with Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2007 • Follow-up tech assistance
  • 8. E-A – Employ-Ability • 12 week program to develop a career action plan • A focus on: – Career Development – Wellness for Work
  • 9. Working Together • Wage Subsidy Program for employers • Subsidize wages for a minimum of six months • 100% negotiable • Employer gets paid in advance
  • 10. Research and Development Division • Only community based organization with in-house research and development • Focused on creating independence through technology • Actively works with organization to develop accessibility strategies
  • 11. Neil Squire R&D Services • Accessibility audits • Accessibility design consulting • Focus Groups and User Trials • Developing Organization Specific Accessibility Road Map
  • 12. Financial Services Survey Background • Federal Government plans to eliminate cheques by 2020 • Provincial pilot projects and feasibility studies to replace welfare cheques with debit cards • Similar initiatives available in the US • More technology being deployed to reduce costs
  • 13. Financial Services Survey Focus • Gain a greater understanding of the way people with disabilities handle their everyday banking and payment needs. • Review electronic payment services for people with disabilities. • Look at the issues the technology might create for people with disabilities. • Ensure easy access to these services.
  • 14. Access the survey Information on the Survey •http://www.neilsquire.ca/financial-transaction-survey/ Direct access to Survey •http://www.neilsquire.ca/survey/en/survey.php
  • 15. Contact Information Harry Lew Chad Leaman harryl@neilsquire.ca chadl@neilsquire.ca 604-473-9363