Video Post: Rachel
From the video description: Rachel is a volunteer at Science World in Vancouver. She has applied for a power wheelchair from the Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative (EATI) to be more independent and effective at her job.
The video shows Rachel, a young white woman in a manual chair, at Science World. She’s shown going around the exhibits, helping out children who are seeing things, confirming the various exhibits are in working order, and checking out the computers around the center.
Caption: Rachel Elizabeth Roberts, Science World Volunteer
Rachel: I was in high school and I was placed here to do a work experience program, and I liked it so much that I decided to come back.
I help out with some stuff in the galleries.
I just do two galleries, “Search” and ‘Treasure”, and just talk to customers. You get to meet a lot of interesting people.
And I also make sure to check things are working properly.
It is difficult. I find I get tired from my upper arms, my arms, but it’s okay, I feel like the power chair will help me get to where I need to be faster, so I don’t waste any time. I just go straight to work.
I think it will help immensely because I get to do other things. There’s a whole world of possibilities that I haven’t even tried that I’m willing to try. Work in OMNI, maybe help the staff with stuff like scheduling and I’ll be more independent and just … just do more things, like… like… go for a walk on the sea wall, or with one of my workers, or just, you know, experience new things.
I’m really excited. I can’t wait to see what the summer has in store now that I have wheels.
Caption: B.C. Personal Supports Network Equipment & Assistive Technology Initiative (EATI)
A film by Angelina L Cantada