Hundreds of people with disabilities will be able to achieve greater independence and find meaningful employment, thanks to the extension of the Province’s popular Technology@Work program.
More than 1,140 people have already accessed Technology@Work, where people with disabilities can get the assistive technology they need for employment. A $2-million investment from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and $1 million from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training will support the one-year extension of the program, which has been operated by the Neil Squire Society since May 2015.
The program has provided assistive technologies, such as mobility supports, alternative keyboards, voice input equipment and workplace modifications to people province-wide. The Neil Squire Society also provides expertise and advice to employers who are, or want to be, more accessible and inclusive.
The Technology@Work program is one of a number of services and supports available to people with disabilities in B.C. that help them on their path to employment. Other supports available through the Employment Program of British Columbia include career planning and workshops, skills training and job coaching, and extended followup support.
The ministry issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) as a first step in securing a long-term contractor to operate the program moving beyond March 2019. A subsequent request for proposals (RFP) will lead to the selection of a contractor. The RFQ closes on Jan. 11, 2018. It can be viewed on BC Bid (# ON-003087): http://ow.ly/724G30gKYGx