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1 Penticton Indian Band & National Office of Learning Technologies Footprints to Technology - Employ-Ability Project

2 Purpose of Presentation Provide a brief background of the program Explain how the partnership developed Describe the Footprints to Technology program Outline what the program achieved

3 How we started working together CAP – Community Access Program Penticton Indian Band and Neil Squire Society started working together in identifying basic assistive technology Footprints to Technology Neil Squire provided Penticton Indian Band 10 home computers, curriculum, and resources to assist the training of Aboriginals with basic computer technology OLT/NOLL – National Office of Literacy & Learning Partnering in a three year pilot project to help increase the employability of people with disabilities in the Okanagan area Introduction to technology for Elders and Seniors (SOS)

4 Footprints to Technology Program Beautiful & home like log building Opened in January 2006 Program open to residents of the Okanagan valley Referrals accepted from individual or agencies Florence MacArthur, Project Manager, PIB

5 The Neil Squire Employ-Ability Program A three year pilot project Objectives: To reach 90 people with disabilities To increase their employability To identify and eliminate barriers

6 Staff Mindy Chad Terry Amadeus

7 Advisory Committee to Project Volunteers assist the project with community input and expertise at monthly meetings Volunteers; Michelle, James and Anne with staff (missing from photo; Florence Gladys, Sam, Michel)

8 We use technology, knowledge, and passion to empower people with physical disabilities. Neil Squire Employ-Ability Program

9 EmployAbility - Modules Modules of EmployAbility include: Assistive Technology & Ergonomics, by distance consultation/on site Personal Health & Wellness, on site Career Development, on site Computer Technology by Distance Learning

10 Adaptive Technology Kensington ® Expert Mouse Optical Trackball SafeType Keyboard Kinesis Contoured Keyboard

11 Cirque® Easy Cat Touchpad Roller Bar Mouse Perfit Mouse

12 Personal Health and Wellness Intro to Personal Wellness Living with a Disability Fatigue and Energy Management Pain Management Nutrition Physical Fitness & Leisure The Gift of Self-Esteem Communication Skills Assertiveness Healthy Sleep Time Management Stress Management Anger Management Problem Solving Conflict Resolution The Gift of Self of Esteem series has contributed to this module reflecting Aboriginal cultural values.

13 Career Development Intro to Career Development Decision Making Goal Setting Telephone Skills Transferable Skills Type Focus Labour Market Informational Interviewing National Occupation Classification Educational Research Self Employment Cover Letters Resume Electronic Resumes Job Search Interviews Job Shadow Action Plan Every participant will complete the program with a cover letter, resume, and action plan.

14 Computer Technology Computer Basics Windows File Management Hardware Email Internet Digital Media Word Excel PowerPoint Online Marketplace Online Computer Training Utilizing computer technology, many aspects of Employ-Ability will be available online

15 Growing # of Partners Burnaby Penticton From students home home Nelson VernonMiramichi Sechelt Saskatoon

16 Aboriginal Day / Open House, June 21,2006

17 Elders Computer Introduction Class

18 Footprints to Better Living Conference, October 2006 Over 40 people with disabilities, Seniors/Elders attended a conference focusing on how Technology can improve your life Presentations by CNIB, Neil Squire Society, THEO BC, Chronic Pain Self Management and on Preserving Culture by Andrew McGinnis

19 International Day for People with Disabilities, 2006

20 Seniors on Seniors - SOS National partnership with Neil Squire Society and Health Canada to promote the use of health technologies amongst Elders and Seniors Peer mentoring program to learn; cell phones, blood pressure/ heart monitors, emergency response systems, answering machines/caller ID

21 The Stats Project Targets &Learners Project target for three years is 90 learners Total number of learners served to date Aboriginal on reserve69 Aboriginal off-reserve10 Immigrants1 Métis7 Disadvantaged workers9 Unemployed persons106 Persons with disabilities90 Seniors 82 Women119 Other, specify (not Aboriginal off reserve)37 Total learners Some learners are counted in more than one category November, 2008 163

22 All Class Reunion August 3/07

23 New for 2008..Support program Training for people who have disabilities To become a support person for others who have disabilities Learn how: –To support others –To be a better communicator –Gain self esteem –To find services and benefits for yourself and others –Learn about your personal gifts –Gain new skills and add to your resume! 19 days over 3 months training completed Dec. 08 Mileage and childcare paid for while in the training

24 Our Graduates Thank You



27 Thank you for your time and interest in our work Together developing partnerships we can make a difference by empowering people with disabilities

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