Thunder Bay Community Foundation makes specialized care more accessible » 2017-Nov-30

The Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) program at George Jeffrey Children’s Centre has received a significant boost from Thunder Bay Community Foundation. AAC services will now be more accessible throughout Northwestern Ontario thanks to a grant that will fund a mobile assessment kit.

Communication is a basic human need. The AAC program at George Jeffrey Children’s Centre helps those who have difficulty communicating verbally or through written means. As part of this care, the program provides assessment and prescription of communication devices to clients.

The mobile assessment kit will enable the clinicians at George Jeffrey Children’s Centre to conduct more assessments remotely using secure connection portals. The kit will be shipped throughout Northwestern Ontario so that clients’ families and involved professionals can easily connect with clinicians – trials will be conducted to determine what types of equipment will best meet clients’ communication, writing, and/or access needs. The kit will include a voice output communication device, computer mouse emulators, and specialized mounts and sensory switches.

This assessment kit will enable the AAC team at George Jeffrey Children’s Centre to connect more people with assistive devices that will improve their lives. The support of Thunder Bay Community Foundation is empowering those throughout our region who have challenges communicating. We are most grateful for Thunder Bay Community Foundation’s leadership!

Photo above (l to r): Steve MacDonald, Executive Director, George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation; Robin Garner, Occupational Therapist, George Jeffrey Children’s Centre; Nicole Deschamps, Speech-Language Pathologist, George Jeffrey Children’s Centre; and, Colin Bruce, Trustee, Thunder Bay Community Foundation.

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