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Chris Hume

Chris Hume Hi, my name is Christopher Hume and I am a volunteer at the Technical Resource Centre, which is located in the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre. Some of my duties include maintaining and trouble shooting computers as well as managing and creating web pages for the NSNET site. Some of my hobbies and interests are computers :-), reading, camping, hiking, biking, and canoeing.

I have been volunteering for some time, but thanks to the Job Brokerage Centre, I am gaining experience, skills and payment for my work. I have a condition known as Asperger Syndrome. Asperger Syndrome (AS) is a neurobiological disorder, which most researchers feel falls at the "high-end" of the Autisitic Spectrum. Individuals with AS can have symptoms ranging from mild to severe. While sharing many of the same characteristics as PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified) and HFA (High-Functioning Autism), AS is a relatively new term in the United States and Canada, having only recently being officially recognized as a diagnosis by the medical community.

Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and related disorders exhibit serious deficiencies in social and communication skills. They often have obsessive repetitive routines and preoccupations with a particular subject. Because of their high degree of functionality and their naivete, those with AS are often viewed by their peers as odd, and are frequently a target for bullying.

To find out more about Asperger Syndrome, try Yahoo's Resources for Asperger's Syndrome.

Keven Worthylake

Hi! I'm Keven. (Yes, that's Keven with two "e" 's) I am currently in my second year of the computer science program at Acadia University. Acadia is in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. I live about 15 minutes away from Acadia in Kentville. I'm 20, and have one sister (Janice, 15) and one brother (Brian, 13). My father (Ian) is a teacher at Central Kings High School, and my mother (Nancy) is a preschool teacher.

I have a condition (not a disease) called cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy (C. P.) is a condition that effects the control of movement in the muscles. It is caused usually by a lack of oxygen during birth which results in brain damage. I have mild C. P., I have limited walking ability, speech impediment, and fine motor control is a problem. I use a low powered motor vehicle (a.k.a. a power wheelchair). But all my wits are still up there! As far as I know there are only two people with C. P. at Acadia. Over my 4 years at Acadia, I hope to improve things so more people with C. P. or other disabilities can receive their university education at Acadia.

I love to watch sports. My teams are: the Toronto Blue Jays, the San Francisco 49ers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Toronto Raptors, and of course all the Acadia sports teams. I umpire baseball during the summer, which is fun and challenging.

In May 1997 I started volunteering at the Technical Resource Center(TRC), which is located in the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre. TRC provides alternative technologies for disabled persons. Everything from adapted computer equipment, to single switch activated toys for young children. They also provide consolation and a lending library.

TRC helped me find the right adapted computer equipment for me, and helped me covert from an Apple IIgs to an IBM. One of their other objectives is to create and host web pages for non-profit community organizations. So I started creating and editing web pages as a volunteer. A month later we found a grant from the Job Brokerage Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. I was delighted!

During my time at the rehab centre, I was not only able to learn more about the ways of the web, but also had a chance to interact with the clients at the centre. You will never know what great work is done at the centre, until you experience it first hand! I was able to participate in the Special Olympics Torch Run (which is something Iív always wanted to do), the Access to Independence Conference, and help out at the centreís annual golf tournament. I met a lot of great people, and had a wonderful summer!
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