Related Categories & Helpful Websites
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Ministry of Health – Assistive Devices Program, Communication Aids
The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) helps cover the cost of:
- voice prostheses, voice amplifiers and electrolarynges
- communication display boards
- hand-made collections of pictures and words created specifically to communicate by pointing at picture or words
- speech-generating devices
- writing aids, e.g. portable or stationary computers to be used with assistive technology
- assistive-technology software and hardware for writing aids and speech generating devices
e.g. text-to-speech software, voice-dictation software, mouse alternatives, switches
- mounting for communication aids used to attach communication aid to a wheelchair or table
Ministry of Health - Assistive Devices Program, Augmentative & Alternative Communication Clinics
Individuals with a communication disability are assessed, prescribed, and dispensed equipment through an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Clinic or an Individual Authorizer. To find out about an AAC Clinic in your area, contact your local health centre or provider. For information on Communication Aids and Authorization in Ontario, contact the Assistive Devices Program, Ontario Ministry of Health at 416-327-8804 or Toll-free 1-800-268-6021. A listing of ADP designated AAC clinics in Ontario is provided on the Centralized Equipment Pool website below:
Communication Disabilities Access Canada
CDAC promotes human rights, accessibility and inclusion for people who have speech and language disabilities that are not primarily caused by hearing loss.
They promote human rights, accessibility and inclusion for people with communication disabilities by:
- Conducting projects
- Providing education
- Developing and sharing resources
- Consulting to community sectors, policy makers, accessibility committees
- Developing communication support services
Please note, they do not provide direct clinical services.
Canadian National Institute for the Blind provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. Through Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada, a new health services organization operated by CNIB, they provide personalized rehabilitation services designed to enhance independence, safety and mobility after a loss of sight. CNIB’s other community-based services empower Canadians who are blind or partially sighted to lead rich, full lives, and move us toward a more inclusive world.
Developmental Services Ontario agencies can help adults with developmental disabilities find services and supports in their community. They also provide information and help you or someone you care for plan for the future. There are nine Developmental Services Ontario agencies across Ontario.
The agency in your region will help you access the supports that are available in your community, including: Residential Services & Supports, Community Participation Supports and Passport, Caregiver Respite, Person-Directed Planning, Adult Protective Service Workers, Specialized Supports, Passport Funding, and Third Party Service Providers.
Epilepsy Ontario is the voice of epilepsy in the province. Epilepsy Ontario is dedicated to promoting independence and optimal quality of life for children and adults living with seizure disorders. Through a network of local agencies, contacts and associates across the province, Epilepsy Ontario reaches out to people with epilepsy and their loved ones. They do this by providing:
- client services including counselling and referrals,
- education and
- advocacy services
Canadian Hearing Society offers a wide range of programs and services, products and information at our locations across Ontario to help remove communication barriers at home, school and at work, and provide support and advice for people of all ages who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.
Ministry of Education - SEAC Committee
The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is legislated by the Ministry of Education and appointed by the Board of Education to assist the board in understanding the special needs of exceptional children and youth and to advise the board in matters that apply to the delivery of special education services and programs. The SEAC will also provide information to parents, as requested. It is made up of representatives nominated from local associations and appointed by the board.
Each Board of Education will have its own Special Education Advisory Committee with information available on their individual websites. The SEAC usually holds meetings once a month from approximately September to June.
Government of Canada - Education Funding for Students with a Disability
- Grants for students with permanent disabilities
- Financial assistance for students with a permanent disability enrolled at a designated post-secondary institution.
- Grant for services and equipment for students with permanent disabilities
- A grant towards tuition, textbook, and accommodation costs for eligible students with a permanent disability.
- Canada student loans program - severe permanent disability benefit
- How a borrower can have student loans forgiven if they have a severe and permanent disability preventing them from pursuing further post-secondary education and from working.
Provincial Information Database
211 connects people to the right information and services, strengthens Canada’s health and human services, and helps Canadians become more engaged with their communities.
Healthline Information Network brings together listings from organizations that provide a wide variety of services throughout Ontario, including:
- Health Shared Services Ontario
- Local Health Integration Networks
- Health Care Options
- Find Help/211 Ontario
- Behavioural Supports Ontario
Recreation & Sports
ParaSport Ontario provides support to members of the disability community – regardless of age or stage in life – to find, connect with, and participate in competitive and recreational sport programs and activities of their choice to enhance physical function and quality of life.
Municipal Parks & Recreation Department’s
Many Municipalities run Adapted or Integrated programs for individuals with a disability through their Parks and Recreation departments. These specialized programs are for individuals with disabilities who want to be involved in recreational activities with other people who have similar interests, abilities and needs in a safe and positive environment. These programs are designed with smaller group sizes.
The link below provides an example from the City of Toronto Parks & Recreation Department outlining their Adapted Recreational programs. Please contact the local municipal government office in your city to see what they offer.