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Access to Mobility Devices

Assistive Devices are a Human Right

Mobility devices allow people to live, play and work independently. The Ontario Government currently provides funding for certain mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, to people with disabilities who live at home. However, many of these Ontarians need other basic devices for daily living, such as therapeutic support surfaces, floor and ceiling lifts, seat-elevating devices and standing wheelchairs.

The lack of funding for these devices is short-sighted. Without the proper assistive devices, Ontarians are at greater risk of secondary complications and injuries that will require health care support.

The time to build a more accessible future is now. Join our Rolling Through Barriers campaign and help us highlight the importance of accessibility and inclusion for people with physical disabilities.

<21%

of Ontarians who are not on social assistance are able to afford the co-payments of wheelchairs

0%

government funding for transfer devices and standing devices in Ontario

70%

of eligible Ontarians wait 6 months+ to receive government funding to purchase mobility devices

80%

of our the SCIO community suggest ADP needs modernization for improved efficiency

70%

 of our community wait weeks for simple assistive devices repairs in Ontario

<50%

of the eligible funded devices on the ADP list are being prescribed

95% 

of our community believe assistive devices should be a human right not a medical need for home use only

5 key Facts

1

The B.C., Alberta and Quebec Governments all cover therapeutic support surfaces and floor and ceiling lifts for people who live at home. The Ontario Government has chosen not to do so.

2

Hospitals and LTC homes in Ontario are currently required to provide transfer devices for occupational health and safety reasons. There is no similar device requirement for home care, and both caregivers –including Personal Support Workers (PSWs) – and the people in their care are becoming injured.

3

Most pressure injuries are treatable if they are detected early, but when they are left untreated, they are associated with adverse outcomes for the people who have them and high treatment costs for the health care system. Therapeutic support surfaces reduce the incidence of pressure injuries.

4

Seat-elevating devices can facilitate safer and more independent transfers by elevating or lowering the seated height of the wheelchair. They also improve a person’s ability to participate in social activities and employment.

5

Standing systems improve joint mobility and muscle tone, increase strength and bone density, assist bladder and bowel management, enhance cardiovascular and respiratory functions, and reduce pressure injuries of the skin.

Let’s ensure Ontarians have access to the assistive devices they require.

When it comes to providing people with disabilities in Ontario with the equipment they need to live at home, the Ontario Government lags behind Alberta, B.C. and Quebec. If you require a wheelchair, you’re probably going to require other basic devices, such as therapeutic support surfaces and transfer devices. People with disabilities have been let down for too long. It’s time for the Ontario Government to fund these devices, too.

– SCIO COMMUNITY MEMBER
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