Telus has partnered with the non-profit Neil Squire Society (NSS) to launch the Telus Assistive Tech for Good program, which according to the company, “is designed to help people with disabilities independently access their TELUS smartphone or tablet with customized assistive technology solutions so they can stay connected to the people, information and opportunities that matter most.”
The Assistive Tech for Good program launches in Alberta and British Columbia, with a goal to help those with disabilities get specialized support in choosing the proper assistive tech based on their needs, such as help with selecting the right smartphone or tablet. Telus says the program also will include free device set-up and device education when it comes to assistive features.
“At TELUS, we understand that technology is the great equalizer, but only if we all have access to it equally,” said Darren Entwistle,TELUS’ President and Chief Executive Officer, in an issued statement.
Gary Birch, Executive Director of Burnaby-based Neil Squire, said in a statement, “We want to knock down the physical barriers to the digital world Canadians with disabilities face on a daily basis. This program opens the door up to digital accessibility; the same accessibility as every other Canadian. It is truly life-changing.”
“By offering assistance in selecting the most effective customized TELUS solution, compatible assistive technology, training and support, citizens with disabilities can enjoy the same digital resources, social connections, entertainment and information as their peers,” added Entwistle.
Telus says millions of Canadians are living with at least one disability, with 80 per cent requiring an aid or some sort of assistive device. This new program according to the company will “ensure the digital space is inclusive for all Canadians.”