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Penticton Indian Band & National Office of Learning Technologies. Footprints to Technology - Employ-Ability Project. Purpose of Presentation. Provide a brief background of the program Explain how the partnership developed Describe the Footprints to Technology program

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penticton indian band national office of learning technologies

Penticton Indian Band& National Office of Learning Technologies

Footprints to Technology - Employ-Ability Project

purpose of presentation
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
how we started working together
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)
footprints to technology program
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

the neil squire employ ability program
The Neil Squire Employ-Ability Program
  • A three year pilot project


  • To reach 90 people with disabilities
  • To increase their employability
  • To identify and eliminate barriers





advisory committee to project
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)

neil squire employ ability program
Neil Squire Employ-Ability Program

We use technology, knowledge, and passion to empower people with physical disabilities.

employability modules
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
adaptive technology

Kinesis Contoured Keyboard

Kensington®Expert MouseOptical Trackball



Adaptive Technology


Cirque® Easy CatTouchpad

Roller Bar Mouse

personal health and wellness
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.

career development
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.

computer technology
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

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

Footprints to Better Living Conference, October 2006
seniors on seniors sos
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
new for 2008 support program
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
Thank you for your time and interest in our workTogether developing partnerships we can make a difference by empowering people with disabilities