Computers have always been of interest to Matthew, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis (new window) in his hips, knees, and ankles. He taught himself all he could about computers by experimenting with some old machines at home, but he knew he needed to expand his skill set in order to reach his goal of becoming a Computer Technician. He learned of the Neil Squire Society through the Surrey Resource Centre (new window) and joined the Computer Comfort Program.
Matthew, who was well versed in the hardware aspect of computers, was able to expand his knowledge of software by working one-on-one with a volunteer tutor in this client-centered program. The flexible nature of the program allowed Matthew to work on his goals at his own pace and focus on his personal potential.
With the solid foundation and new confidence that the Computer Comfort Program provided, Matthew enrolled in some electronics and telecommunications courses at Vancouver Community College (new window).
After completion of the courses, Matthew was drawn back to the Neil Squire Society, and now works part-time as a Computer Technician in the Computer Comfort Program helping others as he himself had been helped. He uses his skills to assist other people with disabilities with a wide range of computer problems, which he finds thoroughly satisfying.
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