Equipment Loan Program

CTN supports children, youth and families by focusing on the F-words for Child Development. Every child with varying abilities has the right to have fun, enjoy friends, function as they are, access fitness, plan for their future and join in family activities like sledge hockey and adapted skating.

The Equipment Loan Program provides access to specialized recreation, therapy and complex clinical equipment so children and youth with disabilities and developmental needs can participate with their family and friends at home and in the community. If your child is involved with an occupational therapist (OT) or physiotherapist (PT), speak to them first about which equipment would be most appropriate for your child.

What We do
The Equipment Loan Program includes three categories of equipment:

1.     Recreation Equipment
Our adapted recreation equipment is a wonderful way for children and youth to join in fun family activities! Recreation equipment is stored and may be picked up at our Barrie and Richmond Hill sites. Families can borrow this equipment for up to two weeks. If your child is involved with an occupational therapist (OT) or physiotherapist (PT), speak to them first about which equipment would be most appropriate for your child. To find out more about how to borrow recreation equipment, please email equipment@ctnsy.ca.

We just loved the Hippocampe chair! It met all our needs both in the water and for off road trails. It was easy to set up and the borrowing process was not complicated. CTN mom, Jessica

To read more and watch videos about CTN’s recreation equipment, click on the links below:
2.    Therapy Equipment
Looking for small therapy equipment to support your child’s daily living activities such as adapted bath seats, therapy balls for gross motor skills development, movin’ sit cushions and hokki stools for mobility, positioning and seating and more? Look no further! Your child’s therapist has access to a large database of loanable small therapy equipment stored at all CTN sites. This equipment can be borrowed for up to 12 weeks so you can try it with your child before deciding whether you should buy one. Speak to your child’s therapist about what equipment might benefit your child and family.  

3.    Complex Clinical Equipment
If your child has a physical disability, your child’s therapist may determine that they would benefit from our complex clinical equipment. This equipment is primarily stored at our Barrie and Richmond Hill sites.  Complex clinical equipment includes items such as walkers, wheelchairs, standers and adapted chairs. This equipment can be borrowed for long periods of time, up to one year.

Eligibility and Process

1. Recreation equipment can be borrowed by all families who have children and youth with disabilities and developmental needs who live in Simcoe County or York Region. Parents or therapists can contact equipment@ctnsy.ca for more information.
  • Once the request for equipment has been received, CTN will notify the family or therapist regarding availability via email.
  • A liability form will be sent to the therapist/family for completion and acknowledgement of the liability agreement.
  • CTN will arrange pick up and drop off time with families at a specific location outside the site to ensure there’s no contact with others accessing the building.
  • CTN will follow equipment cleaning procedures prior to pick up and after drop off.    
  • If physical adaptations are required for equipment, please speak to someone on your child’s team.
  • Families must be able to load and transport the equipment independently.

2. Therapy equipment can be borrowed by all families who have children and youth with disabilities and developmental needs who live in Simcoe County or York Region and are actively receiving OT/PT services. Speak to your child’s therapist for more information.

3. Complex clinical equipment can be borrowed by families of children and youth who receive OT/PT services and live in Simcoe County or York Region. Speak to your child’s therapist for more information. 
 
1 Rosenbaum, P., & Gorter, J. W. (2012). The ‘F‐words’ in childhood disability: I swear this is how we should think!. Child: care, health and development, 38(4), 457-463 http://www.canchild.ca/f-words Before F-Words for Child Development.

The Equipment Loan Program is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

 
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