Digital Jumpstart

An Essential Digital Literacy Skills for Employment Program

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Digital Jumpstart is a free online program that helps people with disabilities improve their digital literacy so they have the confidence to take their next steps – join a job placement or readiness program, return to school, join the workforce, or simply become more confident using a computer.

How Does It Work?

Participants will work one-on-one with an instructor in a virtual, private classroom from the comfort of their own homes. The program covers topics based on the needs of each individual and may include the basics of:

  • Email
  • Word processing (Microsoft Office)
  • The internet
  • Virtual platforms (Zoom and Microsoft Teams)
  • Social media
  • Online safety

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The program taps into Neil Squire’s nearly 20 years of experience providing support to people with disabilities using remote technology. The participant and instructor will be able to talk and see each other’s screens, allowing active learning to occur regardless of where they are located in Canada.

Resources are available for basic digital literacy hardware, software, and training supports through this program to help ensure participants have the tools they need to be successful. Some examples include:

  • Assistive Technology (alternative keyboards and mouse pointers, screen magnification software, voice recognition software, etc.)
  • Low-cost internet bandwidth
  • A professional assessment focused on accessibility and basic ergonomics

Contact Us:

Please contact the office location nearest you. Please note, each office services their surrounding areas.

British Columbia

Gordon Watt
T 604 473 9363
Toll Free 1 877 673 4636
gordonw@neilsquire.ca

Saskatchewan

Nikki Langdon
T 306 781 6023
Toll Free 1 844 860 6023
nikkil@neilsquire.ca

Ontario

Cheryl Colmer
T 613 723 3575
Toll Free 1 866 939 6345
cherylc@neilsquire.ca

New Brunswick

Louise Poirier
T 506 856 9101
Toll Free 1 866 446 7999
louisep@neilsquire.ca

Digital Jumpstart is funded by:

visit the Government of Canada's website

This project is funded by the government of Canada’s
Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities