TELUS’ Assistive Tech for Good™ aims to help Canadians with disabilities use smartphones and
wireless devices so they can live more independent, connected lives
Vancouver – Millions of Canadians are living with at least one disability, 80 per cent of whom require
an aid or assistive device. As part of its commitment to bridging digital divides and helping ensure
the digital space is inclusive for all Canadians, TELUS has partnered with Neil Squire Society to
launch the TELUS Assistive Tech for Good™ (new window) program. Currently available in British Columbia and
Alberta, this program i s designed to help people with disabilities who require a customized solution
involving assistive technology to independently access their TELUS smartphone or tablet so they
can stay connected to the people, information and opportunities that matter most.
“At TELUS, we understand that technology is the great equalizer, but only if we all have access to it
equally,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our portfolio of
Connecting for Good initiatives are providing TELUS-subsidized access to the technologies that
underpin the success of so many Canadians at risk of being left behind in our increasingly digital
society. Through TELUS Assistive Technology for Good, and in collaboration with the Neil Squire
Society, we are pleased to be able to empower Canadians of all abilities to participate fully in our
digital world. By offering assistance in selecting the most effective customized TELUS solution,
compatible assistive technology, training and support, citizens with disabilities can enjoy the same
digital resources, social connections, entertainment and information as their peers.”
Assistive Tech for Good provides Canadians with disabilities specialized support in selecting the
right assistive technology based on their diverse needs, such as LipSync, a mouth controlled input
device which enables people with little or no hand movement to operate a touchscreen device. In
addition, the program assists customers with selecting a compatible smartphone or tablet as well as
free set-up and training needed to independently control their mobile device.
“We are grateful to TELUS for their ongoing support, the partnership we have created and the
journey we have embarked on in an effort to create an inclusive digital space,” said Gary Birch,
Executive Director of Neil Squire. “We want to knock down the physical barriers to the digital world
Canadians with disabilities face on a daily basis. This program opens the door up to digital
accessibility; the same accessibility as every other Canadian. It is truly life-changing.”
- Assistive Tech for Good is part of TELUS’ broader commitment to leveraging its technology to
ensure vulnerable, remote and underserved populations are connected to the people, information
and opportunities that matter most in our increasingly digital society, including:
- Internet for Good, which offers 50,000 low-income families access to low-cost, high-speed
Internet and a computer, as well as training and tools to participate safely in our digital world.
- Mobility for Good, enables 15,000 youth aging out of foster care to gain their independence
while staying connected with a fully subsidized cell phone and data plan.
- Health for Good, brings necessary medical care, including electronic health records, to
vulnerable people on the streets through mobile health clinics and has generated 12,000
patient visits since its inception in 2014.
For more information on TELUS Assistive Tech for Good, visit telus.com/assistivetech (new window).
About Neil Squire Society
“We use Technology, Knowledge, and Passion to Empower Canadians with Disabilities”. The Neil
Squire Society is a national not-for-profit organization that empowers Canadians with disabilities
through the use of computer-based assistive technologies, research and development, and various
employment programs. The Society has served over 40,000 people since 1984.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies, with $14.4
billion of annual revenue and 13.4 million subscriber connections, including 9.2 million wireless
subscribers, 1.9 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.2 million residential network access lines
and 1.1 million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products
and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment, video
and home and business security. TELUS is also Canada’s largest healthcare IT provider, and
TELUS International delivers business process solutions around the globe.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have
contributed over $650 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more
than 1.21 million days of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and
CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS’ 13 Canadian community boards and five International boards have
led the Company’s support of grassroots charities and have contributed $72 million in support of
7,000 local charitable projects, enriching the lives of more than 2 million children and youth,
annually. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally
for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to
receive this prestigious international recognition.
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