The Assistive Technology Support Program and Assistive Technology Funding Guide

Assitive Technology Support Program brochure (opens as PDF)

Due to the overwhelming influx of applications to the Assistive Technology Support Program, effective immediately all applications received will be placed on a waiting list. 

Applications are still being accepted and will be reviewed for consideration once funding becomes available. 

Applicants will be notified on the status of their application by December 2016. 

For more information, please contact

Through our Assistive Technology Support Program, we help people gain access to assistive or adaptive aids and devices to improve their daily lives, by providing financial support to cover a portion of the often significant purchase cost. Assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities and that helps them carry out their daily activities and maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle.

The Assistive Technology Support Program now offers individuals 50% reimbursement of the cost of an assistive technology device up to a maximum of $2,500 or the unfunded amount, whichever is lesser.

The Assistive Technology Funding Guide has been written to help people find sources of funding for assistive technology and to better determine whether they qualify for support under the numerous programs listed. The funding guide has also been prepared under the auspices of the SMD Foundation/Easter Seals™ Manitoba with funding provided by the Assistive Technology Fund.

Here are a few testimonials from individuals that have received funding and have benefited from the program:

Andrea – Self-designed tray for transport & wheelchair
“I have come to rely completely on equipment and have begun to design / alter equipment to meet my individual needs. I realized that in order to make my arms more functional I needed a small narrow light tray just to rest my arms on while sitting in my wheelchair and transport chair. I designed a tray for this purpose…. My mom had the idea to contact a glass store. They suggested polycarbonate, thick enough, but light and reasonably priced.”

Caleb – CAN-DAN buddy roamer
“This walker has an open front concept that allows him to walk up to things. He can stand up at a table and paly or he is now able to attempt to kick a ball. This has given him so much more freedom to walk where he wants to go”.

Zachary – Cochlear implant
“Not hearing can pose safety risks when someone can’t hear traffic noises (like when crossing the street or bike riding), or impending danger (like an approaching wild animal or threatening individual), or even auditory cues that something might not be right in the home (the faucet is on, smoke detector, or there is an intruder in the home). There is no denying that hearing is extremely valuable for anyone and Zach’s Cochlear implant allows him the gift of hearing”.

Allen – Stair lifts
“I have heart and lung problems. Stairs are a challenge for me. I have not been down to the basement in over a year. With these lifts, I look forward to getting outside. I didn’t have to ask others to go downstairs to perform a task or to fetch an item”.

In the 2014-2015 fiscal year, our Assistive Technology Committee – comprised of Rheal Lesage – Chair, Brian Everton, Warren Patterson, Paul Tustin, Peter Zacharias, and Kristine Cowley – approved 55 applications and granted a total of $58,020

The following items were approved for funding by the Committee:

For more information relating to this program please contact:

Maria Marrone, Chief Operating Officer
SMD Foundation
204.975.3033 or