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A power wheelchair for a child with a severe disability can cost as much as $32,000 – the price of a small car. When you add on the cost of the other necessary equipment such as lifts, ramps and bathing equipment, and escalating basic living expenses, the financial burden on families to care for their child at home is overwhelming.
Given that, of the families who requested financial assistance from Easter Seals in 2013, 65% reported a total family income under $60,000, 46% had a total annual household income under $40,000 and 25% had a total family income under $20,000, it is difficult for most families with a child with a physical disability to financially manage on their own.
Ontario’s Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) support is capped at $410 per month and, although the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) covers some of the costs of equipment, in some cases it is less than 50% of the total cost of a piece of equipment.
Please consider helping families with the cost of equipment by increasing the monthly amount of ACSD support and the portion paid by the Assistive Devices Program.
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