“The biggest challenge has been adapting to each client’s unique sort of situation,” says Darcy, a youth intern at the Neil Squire Society office in Victoria, BC. “Every disability manifests itself in a different way in terms of barriers, abilities, and needs.”
Darcy, a Recreation and Health Education (new window) student at the University of Victoria (new window), used his background in education to help people with disabilities, both in the job market and on the computer. Initially brought on in November 2014 to help the Employ-ability program (now called the Working Together program), his duties expanded to include tutoring for the Computer Comfort program.
“What really made me proud of my work was just seeing clients reactions to a new concept or learning a new skill that they had previously not been aware of,” he notes. “So these little things and showing people that [technology is] not something to be feared.”
During his time at the Neil Squire Society, Darcy noticed an improvement in his problem solving and decision making abilities, as well as his teaching abilities.
Headed back to school to finish his degree in September, Darcy says one thing he will always take away are the “little things,” the special moments during teaching.
“I showed a lady YouTube (new window),” he explains. “She was blown away — her life has been changed.”