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Assistive technology is specialized equipment or devices that can help people with disabilities with their daily activities in:
Assistive technology includes items that are purchased, hand-made or customized
The following chart shows examples of assistive technology
|Type of Assistive Technology||Examples|
|Activities of Daily Living/Self-careSelf-care
(ex: dressing, bathing, cooking, eating)
Therapists will have information about where you can borrow, rent or buy specialized equipment, as well as programs that can help with the equipment. Occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists work in clinics, hospitals, community-based agencies and private practice. They can make an assessment you and identify equipment that can help with daily activities.
Agencies and organizations that serve specific Disability groups also provide information about equipment. These include, but are not limited to:
There are many ways that assistive technology is funded, depending on each person’s situation.
Provincial programs – The Manitoba government offers programs that include funding to rent or purchase specialized equipment. If you are eligible, you may receive funding for, or be eligible to access, equipment, assistive technology or environmental adaptations.
The Disability and Health Supports Unit (DHSU) reviews disability and health related supplies, equipment and nutritional and diet supplements for Manitobans enrolled in:
The DHSU offers a streamlined, one-stop-shop to help eligible clients access these disability and health-related supports in a consistent, fair and efficient manner. For more information on the DHSU, please visit: www.gov.mb.ca/fs/dhsu/