Digital Jumpstart

An Essential Digital Literacy Skills for Employment Program

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

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Hear from Program Participants:

“I felt stranded and alone and scared. People throw around the word isolated when talking about COVID. I was truly isolated and Neil Squire was a lifeline to me.”


“I want people to realize if I can do it, anybody can do it. [Neil Squire] helped me beyond what I thought. They actually have me thinking my goals might be possible. And that’s a big plus for me.”


Contact Us:

Digital Jumpstart is available in all regions across Canada. Please contact the office location nearest you to get started.

Western Region

Gordon Watt
T 604 473 9363
Toll Free 1 877 673 4636

Prairie Region

Nikki Langdon
T 306 781 6023
Toll Free 1 844 860 6023

Central Region

Cheryl Colmer
T 613 723 3575
Toll Free 1 866 939 6345

Atlantic Region

Louise Poirier
T 506 856 9101
Toll Free 1 866 446 7999


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Digital Jumpstart is funded by:

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