Did you know that WorkBC offers many supports and services for clients living with a disability? The following story was submitted by a WorkBC client who was able to obtain financial supports for equipment needed to maintain and increase her employment:
What was the situation before coming to WorkBC?
Kim uses a wheelchair, and was working part-time 2 days per week teaching pre-school, as well as working in the out of school care program in her community.
What were the specific challenge finding and maintaining work?
Kim’s wheelchair was a manual wheelchair. It was difficult for her to get up the ramp to access her workplace. It was also difficult to push the manual wheelchair through grass, up hills, over uneven ground or for long distances.
Kim had been to WorkBC in the past, and had found the staff and services to be extremely helpful in supporting her with her job search.
How did WorkBC help?
Initially, a WorkBC Case Manager supported Kim with her job search including support in writing and targeting her resume and cover letters. Once Kim found employment, WorkBC was able to provide financial support for a device called a “SmartDrive.” The device enables a manual wheelchair to have power. This provided Kim with more independence and enabled her to participate in all of her job duties.
Kim has been able to maintain employment teaching at her pre-school and at out of school care. She has even been able to increase her hours of employment!
In Kim’s own words:
“There is nothing I would rather be doing than working with children. I think it is very important to have a positive attitude and for them to see what I CAN do, rather than what I cannot.
You [WorkBC] have given me more independence in my work environment and it has made such a difference in my life. I want to say thank-you and that I appreciate your help mor than you know.
This would not have been possible without the help of my Employment Counsellor and the Castlegar KCDS manager. I would also like to acknowledge contributions from the Castlegar Legion and Lions Club, as well as my mom.”
– Kim, WorkBC Client