September 10, 2015 – Nova Scotia
– March of Dimes Canada, a charity that provides programs and services to children and adults with disabilities, is inaugurating the Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative for people with disabilities.
Between five and ten tablets (like an Ipad or Android device) with accessible apps will be awarded to individuals in Nova Scotia living with a disability that impacts their ability to communicate or to be independently mobile, or to enjoy other aspects of a full life. Successful candidates will acquire the devices and related software that will increase independence and quality of life based on their specific needs.
Access to a tablet can help individuals living with a communication disability to better access and participate in their community. Eligible applicants must be residents in the province of Nova Scotia, 19 years of age or older, with a physical disability and financial need. It is March of Dimes Canada’s hope that the tablet will allow candidates to:
• increase access to services
• explore or control their environment
• contribute to their ability to take on new leisure pursuits
• contribute to improving their education
• assist in their employment objectives
• assist in communication, verbal or written
“I listen to music, take photographs, and watch shows on my tablet. I use it every day. But most importantly, my tablet is my voice,” says Tyler Austin, who uses an iPad equipped with assistive technology to help him speak. He is an example of how a tablet services the needs of a person with significant disabilities.
March of Dimes Canada will attempt to match apps for each tablet specific to the particular needs of the successful candidates.
Winners will be notified by October 21st, and invited to attend the annual Rock for Dimes battle of the bands fundraiser in Halifax, taking place at the Cunard Centre on October 30th. This is the tenth anniversary of the ‘two-stage’ fundraiser, which this year has the theme ‘Country Rocks’. More information can be found at www.rockfordimes.ca/halifax
Funding for the devices, apps and training is provided by March of Dimes Canada’s Istvan and Barbara Haas Fund. The Fund came from the estate of the late John Haas, a donor who designated that funds be allocated to the provision of assistive devices for people whose needs are both physical and financial. He dedicated the Fund in memory of his late parents who were Holocaust survivors.
March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada. For more information please visit the website at www.marchofdimes.ca or call 1-800-263-3463.
For more information please contact:
Media and Public Relations
March of Dimes Canada
Phone: 416-425-3463 ext. 7258