Giving people without speech new ways to talk

Borrowing a communication device from the Open Access Resource Centre (OARC) provides individuals and their service providers with an opportunity to assess the suitability of equipment, at no cost. In most cases, the ten-week loan period is long enough to determine whether or not the equipment contributes to a more productive and independent life for someone by improving his or her ability to communicate. A satisfactory equipment trial provides evidence that the particular equipment can improve a person's quality of life. Chances of getting funding for the eventual purchase of equipment improve when prior success with the equipment can be documented.