Paul Eklund Accepts Employee of the Year Award
Paul Eklund, Recipient
2012 Employee of the Year Award
presented by the
Winston-Salem Mayor's Council for Persons With Disabilities
Paul Eklund has been a valuable asset for persons with a disability for a number of years. He has also lived with a disability himself for 20 plus years as a result of cancer and a leg amputation.
Paul has been an Assistive Technology (AT) Consultant with the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program since 2008. He is a Certified Assistive Technology Professional through the Rehabilitation Engineering and AT Society of North America. He works with health care professionals and persons with disabilities to share knowledge of AT devices and services to meet the needs of persons served.
Paul is employed by the Department of Health & Human Services in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Paul assists individuals to independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. Assistive Technology or "AT" is any piece of equipment or device that a person with a disability uses to make everyday living easier and be more independent. So, in a nut-shell, Paul helps to find ways to make life easier for people and help them be as independent as possible.
In addition to assisting individuals learn about Assistive Technology, Paul provides support as an Amputee Peer Support. He is a directly involved in supporting persons with disabilities to achieve their highest quality of life.
Descriptions of Paul's dedication are exemplified in quotes from people working with him-
- Paul is a part of the ALS team at WFBMC that has received recognition for excellence, caring, commitment and collegiality in the care of patients' with a progressive neurodegenerative disease that eventually lead to their death.
- Paul has prosthesis so he understands disability. I was blessed to meet someone with a good job who looks forward to going to work for the purpose of helping people like me.