Neil Squire Society – 30 Years Strong

Neil Squire Society – 30 Years Strong

-Neil Squire was a University of Victoria
student who broke his neck in a very minor car accident. -It’s really impossible to explain to anybody
how you feel when you’re trapped in a body that doesn’t work, and your head is just
going a hundred miles an hour. -The Neil Squire Foundation—they are involved
extensively with computer training, workshop, support services, research and development
and much more. -The Neil Squire Foundation has developed
sophisticated technological advances that have given many a new lease on life. -The Neil Squire Foundation in Vancouver -Is giving new freedom to a small group of
severely-handicapped British Columbians. -17-year-old Gordon McDowell has cerebral palsy, and up until he was introduced to the computer, communicating was difficult, but
through a program established by the Neil Squire Foundation in Vancouver. Gordon at the Frank Elias Center in Saskatoon and others across Canada are now reaching a world which before was almost beyond grasp. -What we’re really trying to do is to get
the severely-disabled person an equal opportunity to somebody who isn’t disabled to our education
system or job training system to get jobs in the community, to give them a level playing
field so they can go out and compete with other people in society. -It’s tremendously rewarding. There’s
a real sense of empowerment from it. -A lot of people come to the Neil Squire Society
if they are broken and not believing in themselves. Sometimes coming to us is the hardest, first
step. But once they are willing to accept that they want to make a change in their life and start investing in themselves, the opportunities are endless. -They make you feel like you’ve done something,
you’ve accomplished something, and something positive. The best that came out of it is
that I’ve learned to get help, and that’s something that I never would take before. -The technological advances that have been
made over the last few years is incredible, but that in itself is not enough. The Foundation
believes that people must be recognized for their ability, not their disability. -The Neil Squire thing made you feel like
somebody—make you feel like you’re somebody important. -Through this program, I found me. -I think one of the important things that
the foundation tries always to keep in mind is said beautifully by a poem that was written
by a 20-year-old quadriplegic who says that we must always remember our final goal, which is the life that has been saved must become worth living.


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    Mike Wind

    Wow what a trip down memory Lane. I did the Career Employment Options Program way back in 1989/90 and recognize the number of folks in the video. Also worked on Voice Type dictation software that became DragonDictate & participated in the music program at Pearson & G. F. Strong. Great memories!

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