Communication Devices Program

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Eligibility Criteria

To receive service from the CDP, clients must meet the following criteria:

  • Resident of Manitoba.
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Severe communication disorder (speech alone does not meet communication needs).
  • Capable of caring for device.
  • Potential for using the equipment as assessed by Speech-Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist.

Referral Information

Eligible clients may be referred by a Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist or other healthcare professional. Referral forms may be downloaded here. Clients cannot refer themselves directly for services. We do accept information inquiries from potential clients and their family members. Please email or call (204) 831-3430 with any questions about the CDP. For privacy reasons, please take care to avoid sharing confidential health information by email.

CDP Staffing

The CDP consists of a Coordinator, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), Occupational Therapist (OT), Rehabilitation Assistant (RA), and administrative support staff. Future staff will include a technician to repair and maintain SGDs.

Clinical Service

Clients of the Communication Devices Program have access to a wide range of clinical and technical services:
  • Communication assessment or consultation for SGD selection by an SLP.
  • Assessment or consultation for SGD access and mounting requirements by an OT.
  • No-cost loan of SGD and access/mounting equipment for trial and assessment purposes (maximum of three device trials per client).  
  • Low cost rental of SGD and access/mounting after successful trial and completion of SGD prescription. Trials are conducted by the client’s primary SLP.
  • Device troubleshooting, training, and support.
  • Replacement device for clients whose rented equipment requires repair or other service.

The CDP strives for a collaborative relationship with community partners. Whenever possible, community-based clinicians will conduct the assessment and oversee device selection, rental, and implementation.

CDP staff is available for support and consultation with community therapists as needed at any stage of the assessment or implementation. In cases where a client does not have access to clinicians in the community, CDP clinicians may provide service directly. 

Telehealth is available for consultation and assessment purposes.

Please note:

  • Any rented equipment remains the property of the CDP.
  • SGD Prescriptions may be modified to accommodate changes in a client’s medical or physical abilities or communication needs.
  • The CDP SLP and OT must be consulted prior to prescription of an eye gaze system.
  • The Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) program may cover the rental fees for EIA participants.
  • For more information on EIA: In Winnipeg, the Central Intake number is 948-4000. If you live elsewhere in Manitoba, please call your district EIA office.

Education

The CDP is committed to sharing knowledge and supporting community capacity building efforts across Manitoba. Education workshops on a variety of technical and clinical subjects related to Augmentative and Alternative Communication generally and SGDs specifically are under development. Workshops will include:

  • Education sessions and workshops for healthcare professionals (SLP, OT, RA, etc.) in Manitoba. Topics will include assessment, device selection, technical training, and orientation to new technologies.
  • Education sessions for clients, families, caregivers and others (e.g., support workers, assistants, homecare staff). Topics will include strategies for enhancing communication with the client through the use of SGDs, general communication strategies, and technical training/troubleshooting.  

To facilitate access, workshops will be made available by Telehealth.

Please email us or call 831-3430 for further information.

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