CHRISTMAS HAS COME EARLY FOR THE RECIPIENTS OF SHELL CANADA’S PARTNERSHIP WITH ERA
In light of our partnered donation with Shell Canada of 300 computers and laptops today, we would like to share photos from some of the other organizations who also received this donation. In Winnipeg, We worked with the Stanley Knowles School to donate 20 computers and 20 laptops. This donation will be used primarily for the students to research and complete their assignments. For more information on this school, please visit https://www.winnipegsd.ca/schools/StanleyKnowles/Pages/default.aspx.
In Quebec, we worked with the Quebec Writers’ Federation who received a donation of 10 laptops. In this photo is Lori Schubert, Executive Director of the Quebec Writers’ Federation, with five of ten computers that were donated to them today. The computers will be used on-site at units where they deliver their ten-week Writers in the Community Program to at-risk youth. Some of the facilities operated by Batshaw Social Services did not have computers available for the young writers–now they will! For more information on this organization, please visit http://www.qwf.org/.
Another donation took place in Saskatoon to the Vision Loss habilitation Saskatchewan. They received one laptop which will go to one of their clients who wants to return to school after 20 years of being away from it. Speaking with Julie Kehrig, Specialist, Career & Employment Services she stated, “My client lives with an eye disease that is causing his vision to deteriorate slowly. Due to his low vision levels, he is unable to use a computer the way that a sighted person does. Before he can begin taking university classes again he must learn how to use a screen reading program called JAWS (Job Access With Speech).”
“JAWS allows blind and partially sighted individuals to operate a computer by having the text on the computer screen read to them by an electronic voice. This program makes it possible to navigate web pages, access email, compose documents, and use a computer as efficiently as a sighted person. JAWS requires a computer with at least an i5 processor, meaning a more expensive model. This is often a major cost for clients that are in the process of looking for work or preparing to return to school. Being able to access the ERA program means that my client can begin training in how to use his computer so that he will be prepared to handle his classes once school begins,” said Julie.