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Computer Comfort

Computer Comfort provides the perfect starting point for adults with physical disabilities who want to develop basic computer skills. It offers one-on-one computer tutoring at no cost in a supportive, client-centred environment; a refurbished donated computer for the home, if needed; and ongoing technical support. Computer Comfort is also available online via Distance Learning.

Computers are an important link to the outside world. The knowledge and skills to use a computer can greatly improve independence, access to resources, and connections with family and friends for a person with a disability.

It is suitable for you if:

  • You have a physical or sensory disability
  • You are able to communicate independently (verbally or augmented)
  • You desire to improve your computer skills

How does it work?

You will be matched with a volunteer or staff member to work, once a week, on your own self-determined goals, such as:

  • Word processing
  • Windows
  • Office software
  • E-mail
  • Internet
  • Social Networking

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Our Computer Comfort Program Provides:

  • Free computer skills tutoring
  • A great starting point for adults with disabilities to develop basic computer skills
  • Self paced, client centred learning
  • Ongoing technical support
  • A comfortable and supportive learning environment

Assistive Technology

In our Computer Comfort classroom, you will have access to a wide range of advanced assistive hardware and software to help you overcome any physical barriers preventing you from successfully working with a computer.

Some of these assistive devices include:

  • Alternative keyboards
  • Alternative mouse pointers
  • Screen magnification software
  • Voice recognition software

Our Assisitive Technology specialists will provide equipment trials, evaluation and support.

Our staff and volunteers

Volunteers play a very important role in the Computer Comfort Program. Working one-on-one with participants, they make it possible for you to learn at your own pace and provide you with the guidance you need to reach your goals.

Course Information

The program is designed to be flexible and responsive to each client’s individual goals and needs. Typically, clients enroll for a four month session, meeting a  volunteer or staff member in our classroom for two hours each week.

The Computer Comfort classroom is normally open Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00pm. Schedules vary on each region. Please contact your regional office for more information.

This Program is available in the following regions:

British Columbia

Burnaby

Munesh Raman
Computer Comfort Coordinator
T 604.473.9363
muneshr@neilsquire.ca

Nanaimo

Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre
Christina Young
T 250.758.5547
christina@ndrc.info

Vernon

Independent Living Vernon
Kelly Jensen
T 250.545.9292
kelly@ilvernon.ca

Penticton

Footprints to Technology Centre
Mindy Rollins
T 250.492.5298
mrollins@pib.ca

Saskatchewan

Nikki Langdon
Regional Manager, Director of Consultation and Assessment
T 306.781.6023
nikkil@neilsquire.ca

Ottawa

Cheryl Colmer
Regional Manager
T 613.723.3575
cherylc@neilsquire.ca

New Brunswick

Asha Noel-Hart
Assistive Technology Coordinator
T 506.450.7999
ashan@neilsquire.ca

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The Computer Comfort Program is the proud recipient of the City of Vancouver’s 2012 Access and Inclusion Award (new window).

The Computer Comfort Program is funded by:

Province of British Columbia Logo: rising sun over mountains with the words British Columbia The Best Place on Earth (new window) The Province of British Columbia Community Gaming Grant (new window)

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