A breath. A conversation. A world of possibilities.
The Neil Squire Society (new window) has been revolutionizing the lives of Canadians with disabilities since 1984 through accessible technology.
Our organization was established when 21-year-old Neil Squire was left a brain-stem tetraplegic after a car crash. Seeing he was unable to speak or move his arms and legs, Neil’s family and a group of professionals in Vancouver created a ground-breaking device allowing him to communicate by using his breath to type Morse code. The technology was rudimentary at the time but it reconnected Neil to the world, allowing him to speak with family and friends once again. After Neil passed, the small but mighty group formed the Society in his name to keep improving the lives of people with disabilities.
Speaking to a loved one. Checking email. Maintaining or finding a new job. Since Day One, our mandate hasn’t changed—we believe people of all abilities should have the opportunity to live, work and play without barriers.
Our work is focused on four distinct areas: Innovation, Digital Literacy, Employment, and Assistive Technology.
We create affordable assistive technology devices that give people with disabilities greater control over their lives. We offer immersive programs that teach people with disabilities how to use technology and succeed both at home and in the workplace. We provide ergonomic solutions and access to assistive technologies that remove barriers for people with disabilities.
We are the Canadian leader in Assistive Technology, from innovation right through to trialing and implementation.
Together, our work enables people with disabilities to achieve their goals, reach their full potential and continue living life to the fullest.
We put a priority on collaborating with community, industry, and government who share our passion for making Canada more accessible for all. Through our collaborations, we can do more—explore more ways to empower people with disabilities.
Under the leadership of Dr. Gary Birch (new window), we have grown and thrived. What began in 1984 as three people in a small Vancouver office has grown to more than 15 offices with a collective staff of 100 across Canada.
Dr. Birch advanced the organization by connecting business, innovation, and social purpose. Our unique culture is evident in all areas of our organization and lives through our experienced and diverse team of staff and volunteers, many of whom have also personally benefitted from our services.
The impact of Neil Squire will continue to benefit all Canadians by helping ensure people of all ability have the opportunity to live, work, and play without barriers.
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We are a Gold level BC Certified Career Development Agency.
We are a recipient of the International Forum on the Advancement of Healthcare’s (IFAH) Top 50 Healthcare Companies Award.