Programs are currently in place to assist with funding assistive technology for people who are experiencing a barrier in the workplace due to a disability, an injury, or a chronic medical condition such as back, neck, and/or shoulder pain or carpal tunnel syndrome. Employees and employers are urged to take advantage of them. Approximately 550,000 British Columbians identify as having a disability and over 80% of them use some kind of aid or assistive device on a daily basis.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks. We were amazed with the Seattle Maker Faire and won first prize at Accessibility Camp Seattle! We had build events with nonprofit disability organization’s in Washington State, Provail, and in the BC Interior at UBC Okanagan. We’ve met and reconnected with a lot of great people, and have built another 20 LipSyncs. But it’s the stories of the people impacted – both volunteer and people with disabilities – that really touched us.
“This is really the first job I have had where I am sitting this much,” Jodi says, explaining that she was experiencing back pain and migraines. She had tried a standing desk converter that was shared around the office, and while it worked, she needed a permanent solution. That’s when she called Technology@Work.