Assistive Devices for Spinal Cord Injury | Adaptive Equipment for Daily Living | SCI Ontario

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO) supports and advocates for people with disabilities, particularly those with spinal cord injuries (SCI). We provide assistance and guidance in accessing assistive devices for spinal cord injury, including adaptive equipment for daily living. SCIO is a valuable resource for individuals in Ontario seeking adaptive equipment for adults with disabilities, specifically those related to spinal cord injury.

Sheri Upper, one of SCIO’s Service Navigation Coordinators, emphasizes the importance of seeking help and not losing hope in the face of overwhelming challenges. SCIO’s website,, provides a gateway to connect with the organization and access the support and resources we offer.

Living with a spinal cord injury often requires the use of adaptive equipment and assistive devices to enhance mobility and independence. SCIO collaborates with occupational therapists and physiotherapists to determine the specific equipment needs of individuals with spinal cord injuries. Service Navigation Coordinators assist in obtaining quotes and identifying potential funding sources for assistive technology and equipment.

In Ontario, the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) helps individuals with long-term physical disabilities pay for customized equipment like wheelchairs. This program includes various types of wheelchairs for spinal cord injuries, including manual and power wheelchairs.

SCIO works closely with individuals to navigate the funding process and secure the necessary equipment, as ADP may only cover 75 percent of the cost. The 25 percent co-payment can be significant depending on factors such as the type of wheelchair and additional adaptations required. For manual wheelchairs the non-ADP portion can range from $2,000 to $4,000. For power wheelchairs the non-ADP portion ranges from $4,000 – $10,000. SCIO assists individuals in identifying alternative funding sources and exploring options to reduce costs.

SCIO’s primary focus is to ensure mobility and accessibility for individuals with spinal cord injuries and other mobility disabilities. We provide support in obtaining adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, adaptive bathing devices, and other assistive technology to enhance daily living and independence.

One of the main challenges faced by individuals seeking adaptive equipment is equitable access to funding. SCIO aims to increase funding opportunities and advocate for comprehensive financial support for individuals with disabilities, including those with spinal cord injuries.

If you or someone you know has experienced a change in mobility due to a spinal cord injury, reaching out to SCIO is highly recommended. Our Service Navigation Coordinators can provide information about available funding programs, assist in navigating the complex funding landscape, and help access adaptive equipment and assistive technology.

To learn more about SCIO and the resources we offer, including adaptive equipment for spinal cord injury, you can visit our website at We are committed to supporting individuals with SCI and providing valuable assistance in obtaining the necessary equipment for daily living and mobility.

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