Vision, mission and goals
CanAssist's vision is to become a major resource for the disability community, to be innovative and sustainable, and to be totally engaged in the progression towards a fully inclusive society.
CanAssist is dedicated to developing and delivering innovative technology, programs and services that improve the quality of life of those with special needs. We believe passionately that all those with disabilities, regardless of the challenges they face, be provided with every opportunity to fully participate in and contribute to society and that their contributions be celebrated.
To achieve our vision and mission, CanAssist has developed its programs around four main goals:
of unique, innovative and affordable assistive technology solutions.
This goal can be achieved by uniting and leveraging the resources of the university and the greater community.
awareness of disability issues through inclusion and education.
Engaging and educating students, while involving both UVic and community volunteers, will help raise awareness and understanding of disability issues. We believe this is particularly important in the case of students. After all, as future leaders, they have the potential to become society's champions and supporters of increased inclusion and accessibility.
opportunities for meaningful training and employment for people with
Several areas within the CanAssist program provide a venue for skills training and rewarding jobs for those with special needs. One focus will be to provide meaningful work to those with developmental and cognitive disabilities, a group for whom employment opportunities are very limited. We also intend to facilitate increasing employment and training opportunities for those with disabilities across the entire UVic campus and, potentially, at other universities. In addition, we will offer other employers outstanding guidance and information about making their workplaces more accessible and accommodating to people with disabilities.
university-based national "centre of excellence."
By continuing to increase and secure partnerships with complementary local, provincial and national agencies, we will focus on becoming a centre of excellence that will serve the disability community across the country. This centre will serve as a broad and inclusive resource for Canadians with special needs, and will include a dynamic and current facility for information exchange.