A Pain In The Neck

Employ-Ability Participant Lorna JeanLorna Jean is a highly successful graduate of the Neil Squire Society’s Employ-Ability Program offered at the Footprints Centre in Penticton (new window) , British Columbia. She successfully secured a job that allows her to work efficiently despite her disability.

In addition to cerebral palsy (new window) , Lorna Jean has a neck injury from a car accident, which makes it very difficult and painful to look down. She also has pain in her right shoulder from a torn rotator cuff that has never healed properly.

After finishing the Employ-Ability Program, Lorna Jean decided to look for an employment opportunity that would allow her to work from her home office. Her search led her to CLW1 Management where she secured a position as an Accounting Assistant, sorting and filing client documentation, but the paperwork was aggravating her neck injury and causing her severe pain.

Neil Squire Society’s Distance Learning Coordinator, Chad Leaman, visited with Lorna Jean at her home office and made some adjustments to her workstation so that she could use a book holder and a paper sorter.

These small modifications have eliminated Lorna Jean’s neck pain as she no longer needs to look down while doing paperwork. “This is so much easier for me!” says Lorna Jean, “It won’t cause pain in my neck. I’m going to love doing things this way. It’s just so much easier!”

“I just want to thank you again for all the help that you have given me so that I am able to do my job in the best way possible” says Lorna Jean, “The staff at the Neil Squire Society and the staff at the Footprints Centre have always been there for me. If I had any questions, they were always just a phone call away. I would encourage anyone who has a disability, and wants to learn, to take the program. It’s a fabulous program”

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