DesignAbility® Program

Design Ability volunteer

Custom built solutions and modifications.

DesignAbility volunteer Joe working on a project March of Dimes DesignAbility® program offers custom-built solutio​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ns and modifications to the everyday challenges that can be faced by people living with mobility issues.

If you or someone you know has a disability and needs a solution or product to increase independence that cannot be found on the market, the March of Dimes DesignAbility® program can provide assistance.

At no charge except for the expense of building materials, DesignAbility volunteers work with you to craft creative, custom solutions that help you overcome barriers to work, play, personal hygiene and other daily activities.

Joe, a volunteer, has created countless items for clients that help make life a little easier.

One family helped by Joe had appealed to the DesignAbility® program for help with a custom-made bed for their three-year-old daughter Mishaelle. Mishaelle who has multiple disabilities, was still using a crib to keep her safe and from falling at night. However, she was regularly putting her arms and legs through the crib slats, and her head over the top rail and would often wake up and cry throughout the night.

Joe designed a full-sized twin bed for Mishaelle that has a lattice-work ‘gate’ that mom can easily open, and still keeps Mishaelle secure in her bed at night.

"From the bottom of our hearts we want to express our gratitude
& thanks for Joe’s kindness – every since he made the bed for our daughter Mishaelle, not only has her life been changed, but we as a family now have peace of mind – and that is because Joe stepped up and said ‘I will help’
– she is now happy and is always looking forward to a good sleep, says Mishaelle’s parents Pierre and Nahomie.

Apply for Assistance

To apply for a custom solution, please fill out the following:

DesignAbility Request for Assistance form​​ and submit it to:

DesignAbility® program,
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd, Toronto, ON. M4H 1A4
Fax: 416 425 1920

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