“It’s Programs Like These That Make Starting a Business Easier for Those with Disabilities”

November 18, 2020

In June, Julia opened up a small business in Nelson. She checks properties for clients, doing walkthroughs of their houses, inspecting appliances, plumbing, windows and doors.

Julia has fibromyalgia and complex post-traumatic stress disorder.

“It makes having a regular job difficult because of the chronic pain and chronic fatigue I experience. I can’t sit for prolonged periods without pain,” she shares.

a woman seated, looking off-cameraAn employment counselor referred her to WorkBC Assistive Technology Services. The results were far beyond what she hoped for.

“I started out asking for financial assistance to buy a computer chair and ended up with a whole office suite!” Julia explains. “I have a sit-to-stand desk with a great monitor and stand, foot stool, and the greatest ergonomic chair ever.”

It’s made a big difference in her life. For her small business, she does Zoom classes with Community Futures (new window), who helped her start the business, and it was something that used to be difficult for her.

“I no longer dread Zoom sessions — I used to have to go off camera and lie down in bed because of back pain,” she says. “I have the ability to change my position and stand when taking Zoom classes, and it’s been great to adjust my chair as needed.”

Julia “100%” recommends WorkBC Assistive Technology Services to others in need.

“It’s programs like these that make starting a business easier for those with disabilities,” she says. “I am so grateful this program exists!”

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services is operated by Neil Squire. Assistive Technology Services are available to individuals who have a work-related barrier due to a disability or a functional limitation. This may include barriers related to traveling to and from the workplace.

Questions about WorkBC Assistive Technology Services? Need help applying? Contact us: 1-844-453-5506 or info-ats@workbc.ca

Please visit www.workbc-ats.ca (new window) for more information about WorkBC Assistive Technology Services.

 Government of Canada and BC logos, This program is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia