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 to qualifying participants 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
- Office software
- Social Networking
Our Computer Comfort Program Provides:
- Free computer skills tutoring for qualifying participants
- 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
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.
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.
If you would like to volunteer for our Computer Comfort program – please complete this volunteer form.
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:
Computer Comfort Coordinator
T 604 473 9363
Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre
T 250 758 5547
Independent Living Vernon
T 250 545 9292
Footprints to Technology Centre
T 250 492 5298
Regional Manager, Director of Consultation and Assessment
T 306 781 6023
Regional Manager / Assistive Technology and Learning Disability Specialist
T 506 856 9101
Kudos for the Computer Comfort Program
The Computer Comfort program was the proud recipient of a City of Vancouver Access & Inclusion Award (new window) in 2012.