The Digital Jumpstart Program, offered by the Neil Squire Society, helps people with disabilities across Canada take their next steps to improve their computer skills. The Neil Squire Society was inspired by Neil Squire, who was in a car accident in 1980 that left him paralyzed from the neck down. A relative developed a system to help Neil communicate. A technology was invented, which allowed Neil to communicate using Morse Code. This technology evolved into the JOUSE that eventually became the LipSinc device.
This Canadian non-for-profit organization focuses on innovation, digital literacy, employment, assistive technology, and collaboration.
“The Digital Jumpstart program helps people with disabilities improve their digital literacy, so they have the confidence to take their next steps,” says Louise Poirier, Digital Literacy/Assistive Technology Specialist with the Neil Squire Society.
This free online program is in its third year. “Participants have gone on to join a job placement or readiness program, return to school, join the workforce, or simply became more confident using a computer.”
This project is funded by the government of Canada’s Adult Learning Literacy and Essential Skills Program.