September 1, 2020
Dear Friends of OARC:
We would like to keep you up-to-date with Open Access Resource Centre’s service delivery during these trying times and in particular the situation around the processing of applications for long term speech generating devices.
At the moment two of the main funding sources for communication devices have indicated to us that they are on hold with the approval of new submission we have made on behalf of children. Currently there is no clear indication of when they would be able to resume funding speech devices (dependent of course, on their own funding situation) and it could take 8 - 12 months before they are even able to look at any more applications from us. OARC has been fortunate enough to receive some private donations for communication devices and we are also applying for some grants for the purchase of devices for children. We do hope to continue providing speech generating devices to children but in a reduced capacity.
Any applications that have been received at our office and have not yet been funded will be accumulated in the order received. Any forward movement will depend on funds we receive and funding sources opening their doors again.
Keep in mind that applications not funded in the 2020-2021 school year may need to be resubmitted. Should the child’s Speech-Language Pathologist change for the 2021-2022 school year, the application will, at a minimum, need to be updated with the current SLP’s signature and approval of the request.
We will use this time to get caught up on getting those children already approved for speech generating devices their systems set up and their support teams trained. Our training sessions will continue to be done via video conferencing software (Zoom, Teams, Skype). We will continue to comply with all the COVID-19 guidelines and will follow the health directives outlined by province. We would ask that no one come to the office without notifying us of your visit (even if just picking up or dropping something off).
Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions. We will send updates if there are any changes in the current situation.
OARC Staff & OARC Board of Directors