“My disability is vertigo (new window). It causes dizziness and ringing in my ears that can cause me to get frustrated at times,” says Ursula. “It is challenging for me because I know that there is no cure for vertigo, and it causes me fear for when I am out on my own.”
Despite her challenges, Ursula was looking for a full-time position where she could make a difference in people’s lives. This brought her to the Neil Squire Society’s Prairie Regional Office’s Working Together Program, where she was able to develop a variety of job-related skills.
“I have learned about disclosing my disability, personal wellness in the workplace, and I also increased my computer skills in order to work in an administrative position at work,” explains Ursula. “I feel more confident working in more diverse roles now that I have gained and improved on these computer skills.”
Ursula feel she has gained valuable technical skills through the Neil Squire Society. She says: “Throughout this process I have gained numerous work related skills, including how to use Microsoft Office for employment. I have also learned more about using my email, and sending off job applications through my email account.”
Ursula was soon able to put her newfound knowledge to good use. She began a work placement at the reception desk at the Street Workers Advocacy Project (new window). After completing the placement, she was able to start working in the same position with the help of a wage subsidy through Working Together.
Along with achieving her goal, Ursula has picked up skills that will help her in the future. “I have learned to live with my disability, and find various coping mechanisms in the workplace,” she says. “I understand my barriers, and have worked towards overcoming them and finding suitable employment for myself.”
The Working Together with Employers Enhancing Employment
program is funded by the Government of Canada’s
Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities