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Distance Computer Comfort

Computers are a vital 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 want 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

Our Distance Computer Comfort Program Provides:

  • Free online computer skills tutoring
  • A great starting point for adults with disabilities to develop basic computer skills
  • Self paced, client centred learning
  • Ongoing technical support
  • The option to participate from your own home or a community site

Distance Learning

  • Is available anywhere in Canada through the internet
  • Allows for a flexible learning schedule
  • Allows tutors to connect, speak and share in real-time
  • Is supported through a national network of disability organizations

Assistive Technology

As part of our Distance Computer Comfort Program, an Assistive Technology Specialist will be available to:

  • Consult on the most appropriate hardware and software to overcome any of your physical barriers so that you can successfully use a computer
  • Provide specialized equipment on short-term loans, so that you can trial some of the assistive technology that is available, such as: alternative keyboards and mice, screen magnification software, and voice recognition software

Our volunteers

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

If you would like to volunteer for our Distance Computer Comfort program – please complete this volunteer form.

For more information please contact:

Gordon Watt
T 1.877.673.4636
gordonw@neilsquire.ca

The Distance Computer Comfort Program is funded by:

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