AssistiveX provides information on companies, products, and researchers who are involved in the assistive technology industry in Canada, whether it is research, development, marketing or a combination of these areas. A wide area of technology is represented within AssistiveX including: AAC, computer access, hearing aids, home control and modifications, learning disabilities, orthotics, outcome measurement, positioning and seating, prosthetics, recreation, respiration, vision aids, walking aids, and wheelchairs. This information is intended to benefit those persons involved in the rehabilitation, special needs, and special education as well as the general public who might use assistive technology.
Under the direction of Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Centre and the Ontario Rehabilitation Technology Consortium, the purpose of AssistiveX is to elevate the profile of Ontario’s R&D activities in the assistive technology field and to provide additional marketing opportunities for individual companies in the industry. This will be expanded to include representation across Canada in the coming year.
One of the benefits of AssistiveX is the synergy that will develop from having many companies within the industry promoting and driving traffic within AssistiveX. Customers and vendors alike can benefit from a single site that consolidates information, communication and products that address the needs of many.
The five founding members of the portal are the Rehabilitation Engineering Department at Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Centre, Betacom Corporation, Nimble Inc., Quillsoft Ltd. and Variety Ability Systems Inc. All are Ontario-based manufacturers of assistive technologies for people with a broad range of disabilities. Technologies include: daily living products, visual aids, wheelchairs, software for special needs, and prosthetics and orthotics. As Ontario is home to many innovators in this field, additional portal membership is expected to expand significantly in the coming year. Initial sponsorship of the portal was provided by the Prosperity Demonstration Fund from the Ontario Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity, and Innovation, the Ontario Rehabilitation Technology Consortium, and the five founding members.
About Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Centre
Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Centre is dedicated to enabling children and youth with disabilities or special needs to achieve their personal best. Each year, about 6,000 young people and their families from across Ontario and beyond benefit from its outpatient clinics, hospital care, assistive technology services and community outreach activities. Bloorview MacMillan’s award-winning research and education extend internationally to support people of all ages with disabilities. Further information can be found at http://www.bloorviewmacmillan.on.ca.
About Ontario Rehabilitation Technology Consortium (ORTC)
Initiated in 1992 with support from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the ORTC is a consortium of leading researchers at several Ontario universities and clinical sites who are developing and delivering innovative assistive technology products to the market in partnership with industry and end-users. Further information can be found on this site (http://www.ortc.on.ca) under Researchers.