Giving people without speech new ways to talk

After the ten-week loan is up, individuals return the equipment to the Open Access Resource Centre (OARC). At this time, individuals may borrow another device of the same or different type, if one is available. Otherwise, their names go on a waiting list for the equipment they want. While some equipment has no waiting time, other pieces have a waiting time.

If the trial has demonstrated that the borrowed device has been useful in helping an individual communicate better with others, he or she may decide to purchase his or her own equipment. Often funding agencies are more willing to sponsor the purchase of equipment if individuals can demonstrate that the equipment meets their needs, and that their ability to communicate with others has improved as a result of its use.