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If you are receiving Ontario Disability Support Program Income Support, you are eligible for the Assistive Devices Program under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

The Assistive Devices Program generally pays for up to 75% of the cost of approved assistive devices. In some cases, the Assistive Devices Program pays a fixed amount for a device or provides grants directly to a person for supplies. The Ontario Disability Support Program can help with some of the costs that are not covered by the Assistive Devices Program.

Here are some categories of assistive devices:

  • mobility devices, such as wheeled walkers and wheelchairs
  • visual aids, such as magnifiers
  • hearing aids
  • orthotic or prosthetic devices
  • speech devices, such as teletypewriters
  • certain medical supplies, such as ostomy supplies
  • respiratory devices.

The Assistive Devices Program sets out what assistive devices are covered and the maximum amount of coverage.

To get Assistive Devices Program funding, you need to get approval first from a physician or qualified professional who is registered with the Assistive Devices Program. Usually, the physician or qualified professional also assesses your needs and prescribes the device or supplies.

The Assistive Devices Program will not reimburse you for devices you buy before getting approval.

The Assistive Devices Program does not cover the assessment fee for assistive devices. However, the Ontario Disability Support Program may cover the assessment fee, if there is no other source of funding available.

For the Ontario Disability Support Program to cover the assessment fee you need to get:

  • approval by the Assistive Devices Program before buying an assistive device, and
  • pre-approval from your local Ontario Disability Support Program office for all assessment fees over $500.

The Assistive Devices Program generally does not provide funding for batteries or repairs. The Ontario Disability Support Program can help with the cost of batteries or repairs for hearing aids and mobility devices, like an electric wheelchair.

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