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Adaptive technology assists people with support in the workplace

Powell River residents with a disability are eligible for funding through an initiative created, in partnership with the BC government, by the BC Personal Supports Network (BCPSN). The Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative (EATI) provides equipment and assistive devices as well as assessments, trials, acquisition and/or training for people with disabilities who are over 18 and pursuing an employment goal.

For the past two years, the EATI has helped hundreds of British Columbians pursue employment goals and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. BCPSN has found that employment pursuits can also help people further engage in community activities and relationships. In fact, current recipients find equipment provided through EATI has not only improved access to employment but has also contributed to increased independence and fulfillment in all areas of life.

What this means is, anyone who is currently employed or making a step toward employment—including volunteering with the goal of employment—could be eligible to receive whatever equipment or devices they need to help achieve employment goals.

In short, the EATI program is for anyone who meets the enrollment criteria and wants to work even if they don’t feel they are ready to do so right away.

Examples of equipment provided through EATI include hearing aids, personal power wheelchairs, assistive and communication technology (laptops, tablets and electronic readers that assist in overcoming a functional barrier), vehicle modifications and much more.

Funding through EATI is limited so if readers think they may qualify, they are invited to inquire immediately. They can learn more about the program by visiting the website www.bcpsn.org, calling 1.877.333.7554 or sending an email to EATI@BCPSN.org.