Remembering Simon Cox
BC resident championed individualized technology for people with disabilities
Simon Cox passed away peacefully last week surrounded by family at his home in South Surrey. He dedicated his forty-year career to creating a more accessible, livable world for people with severe disabilities, first in his native Alberta and then for over thirty years in British Columbia.
Simon used his expertise in biomedical technology to help address quality of life issues. As an assistive technology consultant, he advised a number of notable building projects across Greater Vancouver including Canuck Place, Millennium Place, St. George’s Place, and the Vancouver Public Library. For nearly two decades, he served as Executive Director of the Kinsmen Foundation of BC, where he played a pivotal role in the Technology for Independent Living Program.
In 2006, he founded the BC Association for Individualized Technology and Supports for People with Disabilities (BCITS), for which he served as Executive Director for ten years. BCITS provides assistive devices and customized in-home solutions to British Columbians with disabilities. Its mission is to help realize every person’s right to self-determination. He was also Director of the BC Paraplegic Association (now known as Spinal Cord Injury BC).
I first met Simon in the early 2000s during his tenure on the Board of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC. His cheery demeanor and steadfast commitment to issues affecting the disabilities community helped to steer the CPABC through challenging waters. Forever the optimist, Simon’s “there was nowhere to go but up” carried the day, and ultimately rang true.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Association for Individualized Technology and Supports for People with Disabilities. Please visit www.bcits.org to learn more.