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Give Persons with Disabilities the Gift of Computer Skills This Holiday Season

Dec 17 2012 12:00AM

Marketwire

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BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/17/12 -- The Neil Squire Society has launched a campaign to raise money for their Distance Computer Comfort Program. The program offers free computer tutoring to individuals with physical disabilities across Canada through online learning.

"This program was life changing because I felt so secluded. Computers have opened up my world," says Diane, a Distance Computer Comfort Participant, from Guelph, Ontario.

Click here to view a photo of Jack, another Distance Computer Comfort Participant.

View the newest video about one individual's success through the Distance Computer Comfort Program.

Many of the participants typically live secluded lives, and have limited to no computer skills. Computer skills are essential for participating within the community and open up a world of communication possibilities. Having a physical disability already presents many barriers, so the opportunity to access the computer gives individuals the ability to reach beyond their physical walls.

Over half of the participants found employment, enrolled in education or a career program, or became a volunteer in their community. By learning computers through the Distance Computer Comfort Program, people with disabilities became empowered and included members of their community.

If you would like to make a contribution to this valuable program you can do so here at: http://www.indiegogo.com/neilsquire

About Neil Squire Society

Neil Squire Society is the only not-for-profit organization in Canada that for the past 28 years has used technology, knowledge and passion to empower Canadians with physical disabilities. The Society has developed innovative programs and services and some of the world's leading edge assistive technology for people with physical disabilities. More than 25,000 people with disabilities in Canada have benefited from the work of the Society. With about fifty staff, Neil Squire Society has offices and provides services to Canadians in Vancouver, Regina, Ottawa, Fredericton, and Moncton, as well as to many small communities across Canada via distance education.

Distribution of this press release was generously donated by Marketwire.



Contacts:
Neil Squire Society
Alexi Thomas
Manager of Communications
604-473-9363
alexit@neilsquire.ca
www.neilsquire.ca





Source: Marketwire


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