Just like Jack in the above video, the Neil Squire Society has helped thousands of people with physical disabilities do what you are doing right now: use a computer.
You can help us provide computer tutoring right into the homes of anyone connected to the internet through online learning. Over half of the participants have gone onto find a job, start school, or became a volunteer in their community. Your support can connect some of Canada's most marginalized citizens with fundamental computer skills and and empower them with technology.
Learning to use a computer changes lives.
Learning how to use a computer has created dozens of success stories across Canada. Here are some of our favorite quotes from participants, volunteers, and partners.
“This program was life changing because I felt so secluded. Computers have opened up my world.” – Diane, Distance Computer Comfort Participant, Geulph, Ontario.
“I had no one to come to my house to help me – now I have the Neil Squire Society!” Danny, Distance Computer Comfort Participant, Hayriver, Northwest Territories.
“Thought I wouldn’t amount to anything but after taking this course I knew I had to do something better so I could thrive” – Patrick, Distance Computer Comfort Participant, Moncton, New Brunswick.
“The course that I took through the Neil Squire Society helped me out a lot. I can do a lot more on the computer then I could before.” Robert, Distance Computer Comfort Participant, Moncton, New Brunswick.
“It gives a boost in confidence, hope, and self-esteem.” Canadian Society for Social Development, Program Partner.
“The City is privileged to have organizations, such as Neil Squire Society, that provide excellent services to enhance accessibility, inclusion, universality, and the elimination of barriers that may impede full participation of persons with any type of disability in community life. The City also recognizes that improvements in accessibility and inclusion ultimately benefit all community members.” – Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver
“As long as they run the program, they’ll have me as a volunteer.” – Staci, Distance Computer Comfort Volunteer, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
“The training opened so many options for me. Traditional classrooms were discouraging, humiliating, stressful, and belittling. Because the Society is aware of my barriers and works with me online, I have developed more confidence and now am a community co-ordinator.” – Mirjana, Distance Computer Comfort Participant, Summerland, British Columbia.
“There are many people that need support in using technology and without Distance Computer Comfort, they wouldn’t get it.” Steve, Distance Computer Comfort Volunteer, Vancouver, British Columbia
“I have trouble leaving my house and yet I was able to meet someone from across the country.” – Leanne, Distance Computer Comfort Participant, Ottawa, Ontario.
“I can honestly say I am a better person for meeting the people I tutored in this program." – Caitlyn, Distance Computer Comfort Volunteer, Surrey, British Columbia.
“My client was ecstatic when she received a specialized keyboard from the program that accommodated her disability. That was a great experience to see.” – Fort St. John Employment Connections, Program Partner.
Who is the Neil Squire Society?
Since 1984, we have provided the award winning Computer Comfort Program, which provides free computer tutoring to peole with disabilities. We recently completed a pilot of providing Computer Comfort online with the support of the Government of Canada, reaching anybody, anytime, anywhere.
Our pilot reached 100 people with disabilities, provided over 2000 hours of online tutoring, and reached Canadians from nearly 40 urban, rural and Aboriginal communities.
You can Help
Providing free online learning to people with disabilities is critical in Canada. People with disabilities are often homebound, live in a remote geographic area, or have a disability care issue making it difficult to access programs available outside of the home. Across Canada, many free computer access sites have closed because of the reduction of government funding.
Our free computer tutoring progam was only provided funding to pilot and launch. We need your help to keep it running.
- Make a donation at one of the various levels of financial support, enabling us to sustain this program. Donations of $25 and more are eligible for a tax receipt. All donations are processed in US dollars and will be recognized in our Hall of Fame.
- Use the share tools and help promote our campaign with your friends and family.
- Don't have money but have time? Consider volunteering as a computer tutor. Email email@example.com.
- Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
You can learn more about the Distance Computer Comfort Program by visiting our website or viewing our presentation to the Government of Canada on the impact of the pilot.
Team on This Campaign:
Director of Development