May 28, 2020
The Ontario government has been providing enhanced funding for technology and equipment for families with children with special needs at this time. iPads are often listed as part of this funding. Before you go out and purchase an iPad, please be aware that the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is a longstanding source of funding for iPads and technology for communication (not educational) needs. The John McGivney Children’s Centre (JMCC) has an ADP Augmentative Clinic program that families can be referred to for an assessment of their child’s face-to-face and/or written communication needs. The clinic provides consultation, assessment, prescription and support of systems specifically tailored to meet the needs of the clients they service. If you have used an alternate source of funding to purchase a communication aid, the clinic will provide consultation for the use of the aid, however, they will not provide ongoing trouble shooting, programming or intervention for the use of the aid. For more information, please contact the Augmentative Communication Clinic at 519-252-7281, ext. 237.