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 hiking, sledge hockey and biking.

The Equipment Loan Program (ELP) 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.

CTN and our partners would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their generous contribution to make the Equipment Loan Program possible.

For the Equipment Loan Program Family Guide with equipment suggestions and inventory, click here.
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. 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. ​

Families can borrow equipment for up to two weeks. ​If you'd like to learn more about how to borrow recreation equipment or if you have any further questions,  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? Look no further! ​

Your child's therapist has access to a large database of loanable therapy equipment such as:​
  • Adapted bath seats​ (like the Splashy Multipurpose Bath Seat)
  • Therapy balls for gross motor skills development​
  • Movin’ sit cushions ​
  • Hokki stools​
  • Other equipment for mobility, positioning and seating​

All therapy equipment is stored at CTN sites and can be borrowed for up to 12 weeks. This is a great opportunity to try it with your child before deciding whether you'd like to purchase your own. 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 and can be borrowed for long periods of time, up to one year. ​Speak to your child’s therapist about what equipment might benefit your child and family.

​Complex clinical equipment includes items such as:​
  • Walkers​
  • Wheelchairs​
  • Standers​
  • Adapted chairs​

Eligibility and Process

1. Recreation equipment can be borrowed by all families living in Simcoe County or York Region, who have children and/or youth with disabilities or developmental needs.​

Steps for borrowing recreation equipment: ​
  1. A parent or therapist sends an email to equipment@ctnsy.ca.​
  2. Once the request has been received, CTN will notify the family or therapist regarding availability via email. If equipment is not available at this time, it may be reserved for a future date. ​
  3. Completion and acknowledgement of liability form is completed. ​
  4. CTN will arrange a no contact pick-up and drop-off time outside a site. ​

Other information: ​
  • CTN will follow equipment cleaning procedures prior to pick up and 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.​
  • Equipment may be borrowed for two weeks.

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. 

For the Equipment Loan Program Family Guide with equipment suggestions and inventory, click here.
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.
 
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