RBC Foundation Supports Canadians with Physical Disabilities

November 1, 2010

BURNABY, British Columbia, November 1, 2010 – RBC Foundation (new window) has contributed $20,000 to the Neil Squire Society in support of their Employ-Ability program, a national program offered to Canadians with physical An Employ-Ability Participant uses the screen reading softward JAWS at a computer workstationdisabilities. This gift marks the third consecutive year of support for this program from RBC Foundation (new window).

These funds will be used to aid Employ-Ability participants in discovering their true skills, values and interests; gaining and sustaining employment or further education; gaining awareness of best ergonomic practices; and employing assistive technology uses in the workplace as required. The Society intends to deliver this program to 180 persons with disabilities across Canada in 2010.

The Employ-Ability program provides the support needed to overcome obstacles and barriers created by an individual’s disability and helps to prepare them for and obtain employment,” said Gary Birch, Executive Director of the Neil Squire Society. “We are grateful to have the support once again from RBC Foundation (new window) for this important program.

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About the Neil Squire Society

The Neil Squire Society is the only not-for-profit organization in Canada that for the past 25 years has used technology, knowledge and passion to empower Canadians with physical disabilities. The Society has developed innovative programs and services and some of the world’s leading edge assistive technology for people with physical disabilities. More than 20,000 people with disabilities in Canada have benefited from the work of the Society. With about fifty staff, the Neil Squire Society has offices and provides services to Canadian in Vancouver, Regina, Ottawa, Fredericton, and Moncton, as well as to many small communities across Canada via distance education.

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If you’d like more information about this topic, please contact Suzanne Cross by phone at 604-473-9363 or by e-mail at suzannec@neilsquire.ca.