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Assistive Devices Program (ADP)



What is ADP?

ADP, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, provides financial assistance to Ontario residents with long-term physical disabilities to obtain basic, competitively priced, personalized assistive devices to give them increased independence and control over their lives. For example: wheelchairs, hearing aids, orthotics, and AAC systems (Communication Aids).

Click here for more information on ADP and Communication Aids.


If You Are Purchasing:

ADP provides up to 75% (up to a maximum allowable amount) of the purchase price of ADP eligible face-to-face or written communication aids, depending on which ADP eligibility criteria you or your child meet.

Families are responsible for the remaining 25% of the purchase price, unless you or your child receives:

  • Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD)
  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
  • Ontario Works Program

Families are also responsible for Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), and/or shipping and handling fees.


If You Are Leasing:

Some clients are eligible to lease equipment through ADP. Your AAC clinicians will help you determine if you qualify for this option. ADP will cover 95% of the annual leasing cost. Families are responsible to pay the remainder, and associated HST costs. The maximum a family will be charged is $1000.

Scroll down for more details about the Leasing Program.

Additional Funding:

Additional financial assistance may be available through third-party funding sources, such as other community agencies, insurance benefits or local service clubs. Your TAC clinician can provide documentation needed for the application.


Centralized Equipment Pool (CEP)    

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What is CEP?

CEP is operated by the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital under contract to ADP.

CEP operates the AAC leasing program and maintains a ‘pool’ of "pre-owned" devices that are used to provide equipment for new leases, as well as replacements for malfunctioning devices. The reuse of communication technologies offers substantial cost savings to ADP.

CEP also provides educational and training opportunities for AAC clinicians in order to strengthen and support AAC service delivery in Ontario.

Download CEP's Brochure for more detailed information.



Leases are for a term of one year, cancelable at any time. Leases are considered active until all items on the lease have either been returned to CEP or purchased. Leases are renewed automatically on their one-year anniversary, at which point the client is invoiced for the annual lease fee. After a device had been leased for 5 years the client / family owns the device. After purchase, there is an option for an extended warranty service through CEP at an annual fee.

Leasing Fees:

Families are charged 5% of the cost of the equipment each year (up to maximum of $1000). For example, a device costing $5,000.00 will cost $250.00/year to lease.The leasing fee includes the cost of repairs and replacements.



Information on this page has been adapted from CEP’s Education website ("Getting Started with Augmentative and Alternative Communication").



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